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Introducing Our SouthWest Strategy

September 14, 2020

When we commit to passing death with dignity laws, we’re in for the long haul. Working side by side with strong local organizations, providing grants, technical assistance, and on-the-ground advocacy, our work spans decades: that’s the long-term movement building required to make lasting legislative change.

We think we’ve become pretty good at knowing when states are ready to pass medical aid in dying laws. That’s why we’re excited to announce our SouthWest Strategy: a coordinated effort to secure passage of medical aid in dying legislation in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

The Nevada State Capitol in Carson City, NV.

A Recipe for Success in Three Key States

As we prepare for the 2021 legislative session, we’re working with legislators and lobbyists to advance bills in all three states. In addition, we are supporting advocates on the ground by providing grant funding, mentorship and skill-sharing between local leaders, online education and networking, and time-tested model legislation.

Formalizing Partnerships

We formalized our partnerships with grassroots organizations Arizona End-of-Life Options and New Mexico End-of-Life Options Coalition last year. Representatives of both groups participated in our State Leadership Incubator program and received grants from Death with Dignity to help them bolster their constituent outreach and advocacy efforts.

An image of Barak Wolff, an advocate with the New Mexico End-of-Life Options Coalition.



New Mexico is ready for success in 2021 with deeply committed and experienced legislative champions, strong grassroots advocacy, an increasingly supportive legislature, a well vetted, progressive bill, and a compassionate Governor who will sign it.

Barak Wolff, New Mexico End-of-Life Options Coalition


“Now is the Time”

Our efforts in Nevada date back five years and span three legislative sessions. We worked closely with bill sponsors to advance legislation and provided testimony at legislative hearings. In the lead-up to the 2021 session, we are strengthening the political strategy and on-the-ground relationships necessary to succeed in the Silver State.

Over the past 5 years, we’ve helped build the capacity and capabilities of local groups across the Southwest. Now is the time to pass death with dignity legislation in New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona.

—Peg Sandeen, Death with Dignity Executive Director

You can help us succeed in the Southwest by making a donation to the Death with Dignity Political Fund. Learn more and donate here.


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