Patient-rights organization Compassion & Choices issued a press release praising SAGE, dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT elders, for endorsing medical aid-in-dying laws.
Medical aid-in-dying laws give mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to request a doctor's prescription for medication they can decide to take to end what they view as suffering, when no other palliative care treatment provides relief.
"After facing a lifetime of stigma and discrimination, LGBT older people know all too well the importance of personal autonomy and the need to be able to make personal decisions, guided by their own moral compass, not that of others," said SAGE's memorandum of support. "Within our LGBT community, many elders are haunted by the memory of loved ones suffering from HIV/AIDS, for whom aid-in-dying became all the more important … LGBT and end-of-life options movements are deeply intertwined."
SAGE joins a growing list of advocacy, health and medical organizations that have endorsed medical aid in dying, including GLMA: Healthcare Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, Latino Commission on AIDS, American College of Legal Medicine, American Medical Student Association, American Medical Women's Association, American Nurses Association/California, American Public Health Association and Nuestra Salud ( Our Health ), among others.