Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sen. Lopez “Right to Know” Press Conference and Rally

NEWS RELEASE
Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Senator Linda Lopez, D-29
(602) 926-4089

January 27, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Sen. Lopez “Right to Know” Press Conference and Rally

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – State Senator Linda Lopez (D-Tucson) will host the “Right to Know Rally” on Thursday, January 29 at 11:30 a.m. and a press conference at noon on the House Lawn at the Arizona State Capitol.

Sen. Lopez is sponsoring legislation that requires a health care provider to provide, upon request, information and counseling regarding legally available treatment options to patients diagnosed with a terminal illness. The bill also stipulates that if a health care provider does not wish to comply with the patient’s request for information the provider shall refer the patient to another provider who will do so.

“Patients rely on information from health care professionals; they should have access to full information regarding their condition and treatment options,” said Sen. Lopez (D-Tucson). “Individuals who are terminally ill should have the right to be informed about their end of life care choices to make informed decisions.”

California passed similar legislation last year, which became effective on Jan. 1.

This is the fourth annual rally. The rally is sponsored by Compassion & Choices Arizona, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is the statewide chapter of the national organization Compassion & Choices formed by the merger of Compassion in Dying and End of Life Choices (formerly Hemlock Society).


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Additional Media Contact:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez
Director of Communication
Senate Democratic Caucus
602-926-4477 * jtejeda@azleg.gov

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