Advance Directives

The History and the Facts


Karen Ann Quinlan

Karen Ann Quinlan, a twenty-two-year-old who ingested a harmful mix of drugs and alcohol, suffered two fifteen-minute periods of interrupted breathing which left her in a chronic vegetative state without any cognitive functions.

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Terri Schiavo

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Death With Dignity National Center kept an office in Washington, D.C. For years, Republican lawmakers tried to pass legislation nullifying Oregon’s 1997 Death With Dignity Act, which allowed terminally ill patients to obtain life-ending medication. The legislation never made it out of the Senate, but it eventually passed in the Republican-controlled House, and the aid-in-dying organization felt compelled to keep pressure on Congress to stop the bill. Then came Terri Schiavo.

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What are Advance Directives / Advance Care Planning?

National Institute on Aging

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. 


HUFFPOST

2017

I’m Young And Healthy: Why Do I Need An Advance Health Care Directive?

Many young people are guilty of hiding behind the cloak of youth and health.

We use it to excuse everything from our poor diet, to our aversion for physical activity. We ignore research and expert advice about taking better care of ourselves, drawing on a warped sense of invincibility that runs through us like a bottle of red on a casual Saturday night.


Many Avoid End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds

2017

Before being deployed overseas for the Iraq war in 2003, Army reservist Don Morrison filled out military forms that gave instructions about where to send his body and possessions if he were killed.


Over One Third of U.S. Adults Have Advanced Medical Directives

2017

(Reuters Health) - Nearly 37 percent of Americans have advanced directives for end-of-life care if they become seriously ill or unable to make health care decisions, according to a new analysis of recent research.