Assisted Suicide Partners: The AIDS Movement and Compassion & Choices

Tracking the AIDS and assisted suicide movements.

“Born during the AIDS epidemic, Compassion & Choices’ work on aid in dying always included large contingents of LGBT individuals, educated or not.”….Barbara Coombs Lee, President Compassion & Choices.  May 2014.

New York Times

“EUGENE, Ore.  Feb. 8, 1990 Derek Humphry gained fame when he helped his first wife commit suicide to end her agony from terminal breast cancer at the age of 42.

Less than a year later he married Ann Wickett Humphry, and together they founded the Hemlock Society, dedicated to what they call ”assisted suicide” and ”self-deliverance” for the dying.

Now, Ann Humphry has developed breast cancer herself. And Derek Humphry has left her, 15 years after his first wife, Jean, drank a cup of coffee laced with secobarbital and codeine he had mixed for her.

Obscure Group Is Shaken

The dissolution of the Humphrys’ marriage under such circumstances has shaken the Hemlock Society, a once obscure group that has seen its controversial message of voluntary euthanasia become vastly more accepted in recent years as a result of the AIDS epidemic.

The Hemlock Society, a once obscure group who has seen its controversial message of voluntary euthanasia become vastly more accepted in recent years as a result of the AIDS epidemic.”  Hemlock leader [Derek Humphry] leaves cancer stricken wife.   New York Times.  2/8/1990.

Compassion & Choices’ Facebook Post dated 12/1/2014

“We are proud to acknowledge #WorldAIDSDay. 

“The death with dignity and HIV/AIDS movements have come a long way since their intertwined beginnings. 

“Years of advocacy and action have brought us to today; a time when we’re closer than ever to ending AIDS and needless suffering at the end-of-life.”

Click image to enlarge.

C&C HIV AIDS support

We wondered about using the term “AIDS movement.”  Is it used?  Yes.


The Woman Who Documented the HIV/AIDS Movement.  MSNBC

AIDS Movement Search Results.  Google


EXPOSED! Compassion & Choices Use Deceptive Practices

Compassion and Choices Used Brittany Maynard’s Death to Secretly Collect Signatures for an Assisted Suicide Petition.

C&C Petition Without Choices

WATCH THE VIDEO of a little known investigation, A Petition Without Choices.

Throughout the month of October 2014, many people followed the story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer patient who planned to take her own life. Compassion and Choices, a pro-assisted suicide group, created an online sympathy card for Brittany for their own gain.
What people did not know who signed it? Their names would be placed on a petition to legalize assisted suicide in all 50 states.
Katie Buck, a friend of Human Life Alliance who signed the card, did some undercover work to expose the organization’s deceptive activity.
Watch her video and help us spread the word.


Disability Advocate Marilyn Golden Speaks Out Against CA Assisted Suicide Bill Introduced Today

The Great Resistance!

DREDF’s Marilyn Golden Speaks Out Against CA Assisted Suicide Bill Introduced Today.

This is what the [L.A. Times] editorial had to say about opponents of assisted suicide:  ”The Roman Catholic Church and other groups will almost certainly have strong objections to such a law, but their moral codes should not be imposed on those with different beliefs.”  But Marilyn was clearly not talking about “moral codes” and “beliefs.”


There you have it.  The Humanist Religion will run over anyone with different beliefs.-Ed.

Message To Senator Lois Wolk: SB-128 End Of Life Option Act

California Senators Bill Monning (D) and Lois Wolk (D) are the sponsors of SB-128 End Of Life Option Act.  To send them a message online, you need an account HERE.  Then, go to the Bill’s page and click the Tab “Comments To Author.”

Dear Senator Wolk,

Why do you want doctors to become common murderers? I don’t understand how you can make this sweeping change to every physician’s sworn duty to do no harm but to heal and care for.   The bill will change every physician’s image in the minds of citizens as common killers. Compassion & Choices changed their name from the Hemlock Society so they could twist the arms of people like you. As a senior on Medicare, I can no longer trust a doctor to give me or my family the care we want.

As for Brittany Maynard’s brain tumor, there have been others who survived and lived to tell about it.

What you are proposing is an intrinsic evil. Shame on you! We will fight you.

Nina D. Rhea

Comment by a doctor:  “Every competent adult HAS the right to end their own life.  Suicide is legal in all 50 states.  This law would legalize Physician Assisted Suicide.  Please leave us doctors out of it – we became doctors because we want to HEAL people, not KILL them. “



Assisted Suicide Advocates Lie About 2014 California Poll Results

Today we examine polling data conducted for The Hemlock Society, dba Compassion and Choices

POLL No. 1 – Goodwin Simon polled 500 Californians by telephone.  {Population of California = 38.33 Million.}

The Hemlock Society, dba Compassion & Choices, is bragging that 64% of polled Californians would support “aid in dying”.  The poll was conducted in October 2014.


Here is a California ballot measure that may be on the ballot in an upcoming election. Here is how it might read:

The Death with Dignity Act would give a terminally ill person, who is mentally competent, the right to request and receive a prescription for life-ending medication from a physician.

If the election were held today, would you vote to favor or to oppose this ballot measure?

Strongly Favor 36%, Somewhat Favor 26%, Lean Favor 2% = 64%

  • C&C deliberately included “Somewhat Favor” and “Lean Favor” in their TOTAL FAVOR result of 64%.

Satan is the Prince of Lies.

POLL No. 2 – Harris Polls, online polling of 2,272 adults in the U.S. Nov. 12 and 26.

“How much do you agree with the following statement?  Individuals who are terminally ill, in great pain and who have no chance for recovery, have the right to choose to end their own life.”

Very Much Agree 54%, Somewhat Agree 20% = Total Agree 74%

  • Once again, C&C added together “Very Much Agree” with “Somewhat Agree.”
  • Pain can be controlled.

Methodist Minister: Legalize Assisted Suicide because “The Lord Does Not Want Us To Suffer”

TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC TEACHING:  We are to unite ourselves with Christ’s suffering on His Cross.  Suffering is our pathway to our salvation!

Jesus said,  “And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me.”  Matthew 10:38 Douay-Rheims Bible

Holidays are the perfect time to share end-of-life wishes

The Lord does not want his children to suffer.  So why are we allowing it as a society?

By Methodist Minister Ignacio Castuera

~Pro-Abortion and Assisted Suicide~rev. dr. castuera ccc CC

  • Keywords:  aid in dying, a.k.a. death with dignity a.k.a. assisted suicide; Brittany Maynard; legislators

BAKERSFIELD, CA.  December 26, 2014 – “Compassion & Choices has launched a dynamic campaign in California to make aid in dying an open, available, legitimate practice in the Golden State.  A number of legislators have expressed support for such a bill, and we are currently crafting the language for legislation that will be introduced in January.

“In July, 64 percent of Californians said they supported aid in dying, according to a poll by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research. But that poll was conducted before Brittany’s story galvanized nationwide support for death with dignity, so it likely underestimates demand for this choice in the state.  In fact, a recent online HealthDay/Harris Poll survey shows an overwhelming 74 percent of American adults now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives. Only 14 percent were opposed.  [ The poll did not mention “suicide.”-editor]

“Across California, our organizers are on the ground talking to hundreds of people each week, building our supporter list and recruiting and training volunteers to do the same. We are meeting with local, county and statewide elected officials and community leaders for endorsements. We are working to pass resolutions supporting end-of-life options and to deprioritize prosecutions of physicians who practice aid in dying in cities and counties across the state. We are building alliances with other organizations and partnerships with key state leaders. We invite you to join us in asking candidates and elected representatives to support aid in dying in the Golden State.

“Death should be a time of peace, not a time of stress because no one bothered to have a conversation about their own or their loved ones’ end-of-life wishes. Let’s make the most of our family gatherings. Let’s start end-of-life conversations with our parents and our abuelitos [grandparents] to learn about the kind of medical care they would or would not want at the end of their lives.

“As a family of God, we are called to act with compassion and goodwill to help make aid in dying an open and accessible medical practice in California. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, very patient and full of faithful love.


RelatedFormer Planned Parenthood National Chaplain Named to Board of Compassion & Choices

According to KeyWiki, Ignacio Castuera is/was a member of The Communist Party USA.

FINAL THOUGHT – Are AIDS activists pushing this assisted suicide agenda?

Castuera became an advocate of assisted suicide decades ago when he ministered in Hollywood during the AIDS epidemic.  Source.


Right to Abortion and Right-To-Die Movements Attract Same Ideologues

Ideologues from 1960’s counter culture — homosexuals, feminists, drug cultists, hippy or Communist preachers — are gathering once again.  This time they are attempting to impose their views about dying.  They are obsessive about slogans:  “a perfect death,” “death with dignity,” etc.

Updated July 17, 2015

If Planned Parenthood’s abortionist didn’t kill you in your mother’s womb, then leave it up to the Hemlock Society to finish the job.

The Hemlock Society, dba Compassion & Choice$

As you look into the backgrounds of these people and their connections in government, medicine, abortion, counter-culture drugs, you ought to be very, very concerned that these same agitators have powerful influences over what will happen to you when you are in a hospital or ambulance.

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Advisory Board Leadership Council


David Greenberg, Ph.D., . . . Former President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.

C&C’s Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera

Castuera at SS marriage rally
Castuera at SS marriage rally

The Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera has a long history of studied activism for causes most people used to consider unpopular and are becoming mainstream. Dr. Castuera became the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America for six years before his retirement.  The right to choose at any point in a person’s life is sacred, according to Ignacio, and securing the right for a compassionate end of life is particularly so.

The Rev. Dr. Ignacio Castuera currently serves at Trinity United Methodist Church in Pomona, CA and also as the first National Chaplain for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Rev Castuera, [is] a member of the Steering Committee of Freedom to Marry. 

Jaren Ducker, Treasurer

Jaren Ducker She has been board president for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and the Denver Public Library Commission, and the ACLU of Colorado’s treasurer. She received the Margaret Sanger Award for exemplary leadership in furthering reproductive rights and the Carl Whitehead Award for lifetime contributions to civil liberties.  Jaren has long been committed to end-of-life choice and brings to Compassion & Choices that passion along with her extensive board experience.

Board of Advisors

Ram Dass*

babaramdasstwitter  The_Psychedelic_Experienceco-authored with Timothy Leary

Dr. Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) is a ’60s counter-culture icon, author and spiritual teacher.

Mickey MacIntyre, Chief Program Officer, ex officio – Funding Czar

Mickey MacIntyreMickey has built nonprofit civil rights organizations and served as an architect of social change movements for years. In the past decade alone, he provided fundraising and development consultation to over 1,000 organizations including Human Rights Campaign [for same-sex marriage], Disability Funders Network, Black AIDS Institute and the American Red Cross. As chief program officer, Mickey integrates core Compassion & Choices services of advocacy, consultation, education and outreach while setting and guiding the strategic direction of the organization.

Video – MacIntyre speech at Institute of Medicine.  2012.

Toni Broaddus, C&C’s California Campaign Director

Broaddus is a longtime LGBT activist in San Francisco.  In January 2015 she was named director of Equality Federation.  Article.  She married Janice Wells in 2004.  The marriage was officiated by California Senator Mark Leno*SF Gate article.

J. Wells-Senator Leno-T. Broaddus

JaniceWells_ToniBroaddus sf marriageday

*In 2015, Senator Leno became a principle co-author of SB128.  He voted Yes to pass SB 128 the highly controversial end-of-life bill.  The bill passed in the full senate.  But it failed in the assembly health committee.

* aka Baba Ram Dass, the acid-taking pal of Timothy Leary (Leary died stoned on acid).  He is a Buddhist.  His typically hippy-like child-like un-Christian writings about death can be found on his website.

Example of his views on death:   “The Tibetan Book of the Dead was used by Tibetan Buddhist lamas to read to fellow lamas as they were dying, and for forty-nine days after their death.  Tim Leary, Ralph Metzner, and I began to see the Book in metaphorical terms as the story of psychological death and rebirth, even though it was originally intended as a guide through the process of physical death and rebirth. I now think that the idea of dying and being born into truth, or wisdom, or spirit is really what our business is when we talk about death. When you extricate yourself from the solid identification with your body, you begin to have the spaciousness to allow for the possibility that death is a part of the process of life – rather than the end of life. I feel this very deeply.”  Taken from “Dying is Absolutely Safe.”

Ram Dass came out as a bisexual.


Lifesite News Coverage and HERE.

Right-To-Die in 20 States by 2020 Announced at Elite Cocktail Party

Updated 9/15/2015.

Compassion & Choices Cocktails and Conversation

(read:  death stories)

New York Social Diary (link at bottom)


Robert Matheson squires his grandmother, Ruth Buchanan, and her favorite dachshund, Cinderella, across the porch to receive guests for an event for friends and family to learn more about the work of leading national nonprofit Compassion & Choices.

MickeyMcIntire C&C 2Mickey MacIntyre, C&C fund raising czar

Mickey MacIntyre, Compassion & Choices’ CPO, tells about the organization’s aggressive push to have active Death with Dignity Campaigns in 20 states by the year 2020.

Cocktails and Conversation on Expanding End-of-Life Choice at Beaulieu with hosts Ruth Buchanan and Bonnie Matheson

The Newport season saw its second event at Beaulieu — the summer home of Washington, D.C., doyenne Ruth Buchanan — this time sans orchestra and dancing. An intimate coterie of friends and family gathered on her 50′ wide slate porch overlooking the cliff walk and Atlantic for the cocktail hour to learn more about the work of leading national nonprofit Compassion & Choices. Its mission for the past 32 years has been to expand choice and improve care at the end of life. That includes making death with dignity — the medical practice of aid in dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults — a legitimate, open and accessible option. Currently, this option is expressly legal in five states, and Compassion & Choices is running campaigns to establish this basic human right in six others with a goal of 20 by the year 2020.

Ruth told her guests: “I watched both of my late husbands have terribly painful and drawn-out deaths because they didn’t plan ahead [by naming resolute healthcare proxies and completing comprehensive advance directives]. They hadn’t spoken to their families about their own deeply held end-of-life values and shared what truly living meant to them. I hope each of you — including my own children and grandchildren — gathered here will not make the same mistakes. Life for me is more than just existing, and I don’t want to be here if I can’t truly enjoy all of it — especially dancing!”

Ruth, still “tripping the light fantastic” well into her 90s, has been supporting the death-with-dignity movement since 1996, when late husband was in serious decline. She sought out and received sound advice from Compassion & Choices end-of-life consultants. This spring, she was initially approached with a request to meet with the organization’s Washington, D.C.-based staff to discuss the possibility of hosting an event in Newport.  With her signature wit, a rye smile and a gimlet eye, from across the room she jokingly quipped, “Tell them, “I’m not ready for them yet!”

However, despite two other events on her dance card that day, she held court with a drink in hand while admonishing her guests to “live life and get as much enjoyment out of it as you can. Make absolutely sure your family – especially your children – knows what you want when that’s no longer happening. Compassion & Choices is here to help us. Please join me in supporting them.”

Ronald Fleming, his guest Phoebe visiting for the season from England – and Leilani Brenner discuss the lively debate currently in process in the House of Lords on an “Assisted Dying” bill modeled after the Oregon Death With Dignity Act.  Phoebe shared that Lord Carey, the recently retired Archbishop of Canterbury, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu both support the assisted-dying legislation.

MickeyMcIntire C&C

Jared Hughes [in purple bow tie] is Compassion & Choices’ Major Gifts Officer.  Mickey MacIntyre [in black suit] chief program officer of Compassion & Choices, discusses death-with-dignity legal strategy with Ronald Lee Fleming, Eugene Bowie Roberts, Jr. (a member of the Vanderbilt Family) and his wife, Lynn Springer Roberts, visiting from (a soon-to-be death with dignity campaign state) Maryland.


More photos at New York Social Diary…scroll down to 2/3 of that page.

Aggressive Publicity for Medical Suicide by Hemlock Society – Brittany Maynard

From the “Wish We Had A Movie Star Spokesperson” department…

Dear Readers,

A young patient with brain cancer moved from California to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s PAS law (physician assisted suicide).

Hemlock Society Logo
Hemlock Society Logo
Hemlock Society Logo


After gathering information I conclude that this is an aggressive ad campaign by the Hemlock Society, aka Compassion & Choices. So far I have seen their slick video ON THE NEWS twice, yesterday and today.  As the video plays one can see clearly the C&C logo.

The Sacramento local news is asking for viewer opinions!

A brief Internet search indicates C&C’s top notch PUBLIC RELATIONS dept. — headed by former Planned Parenthood public policy director — is on a roll.

The story has made a media feeding frenzy:  New York Times, People Magazine, CNN, and local news.

In fact, the C&C website has gotten so many hits it keeps crashing.


The poor suffering cancer patient is now the namesake of an unethical campaign, THE BRITTANY MAYNARD FUND, “an initiative of C&C to expand the death-with-dignity option to all.

During the last days of her life, Maynard plans to raise awareness of end-of-life rights by working with life-rights advocacy organization Compassion & Choices and The Brittany Maynard Fund.  Fox News.


There are questions that need answering:  Where are photos of her as a sick person?  All the photos shows a healthy woman.  Is she really sick?  Are we expected to just take this on face value?


“Poison Pen Pals:  Earl Blumenauer and Hemlock Society” – about opening of their new Washington, D.C. office.

Dying To Know You: Oregon’s Hospice Association and The Hemlock Society

Need help?  In the U.S. call 1-800-273-8255  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Oregon’s Hospice Association partners with The Hemlock Society

What’s in a name?  If you are the HEMLOCK SOCIETY and want more access to physicians and policy makers, and you want a new kinder identity, you change your name to COMPASSION and CHOICES.

  • As we’ve said before, we at West Coast Pro-Life refuse to play the name game.  So, henceforth the Hemlock Society cannot hide behind its new name/identity on our website.

Previously we have posted about Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s creepy alliance with the “right to die movement.”  SEE “Poison Pen Pals: Earl Blumenauer and The Hemlock Society” “Gift To President:  ‘Patients Right To Die.”


UPDATED LINK 01/16/2014: 

The new name is working because just yesterday — 10/09/2013 — at the annual Hemlock Society’s fund raiser, the keynote speaker was the CEO of the OREGON HOSPICE ASSOCIATION.  Read that again.  The event was held at an influential gathering place in an upscale neighborhood, the Multnomah Athletic Club.

Known as the MAC Club, it is an exclusive private club for Portland’s wealthy professionals.  Well, now Hemlock has access to the rich elderly who place their trust in Oregon’s ‘Death With Dignity’ law.

Local Right-to-Die luminaries celebrate the Oregon Hospice Association . . . why are they smiling??

oregonhospicejpg-5a2c51a49469f74aOHA board chair Eric Alexander, OHA CEO Deborah Whiting Jaques, former Oregon gov. Barbara Roberts, and Meg McCauley resource dev. dir.  Source.


DEREK HUMPHREY — a real Halloween ghoul…let me help you die…

DEREK HUMPHREY, Hemlock Co-Founder
DEREK HUMPHREY, Hemlock Society’s Co-Founder

Humphrey has a website to sell his how-to-kill-yourself book; and this book is available in the public libraries across the country!!!  Who will rat this guy out?  Oh, I forgot:  it’s been tried.  According to anti-euthanasia expert and author RITA MARKER, in her book she exposes how he murdered the parent of his first wife.  He drove his second wife to suicide.

SOURCE:  “DEADLY COMPASSION:  The Death of ANN HUMPHREY [Derek’s second wife] and the Truth About Euthanasia” by Rita Marker  — available for free download at Patients Rights Council (click the link).


“Portland’s suicide rate higher than the nation”
(Oregon Live — September 30, 2013)    Every four days, someone in Portland dies from suicide, making the city’s suicide rate almost three times higher than the national rate.  [Note: Doctor-prescribed suicides are not included in the numbers since OR law requires such deaths to be listed as “natural.”]


Hemlock Society – yes, they do exist with that name – Google Search Result Page

Assisted suicides increase again in Oregon: patients being pressured to commit suicide

Assisted suicides increase again in Oregon: patients being pressured to commit suicide | 1/30/2013.

Extensive Report


The Oregon assisted suicide law does not prevent elder abuse.
Margaret Dore, the President of Choice is an Illusion and a lawyer from Seattle noted that the Oregon assisted suicide statistics are consistent with elder abuse.
Dore stated in her article that:

Oregon’s assisted suicide law, itself, allows the lethal dose to be administered without oversight. This creates the opportunity for an heir, or someone else who will benefit from the patient’s death, to administer the lethal dose to the patient without the patient’s consent. Even if he struggled, who would know?

Earl Blumenauer Speaks at Hemlock Society in 2010 – Video

National Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433


The Hemlock Society has a new name, “Compassion and Choices.”  Watch this video of Democrat from Oregon Rep. 3rd District Earl Blumenauer speak in 2010 at their Portland headquarters, where assisted suicide was legalized in 1997.

  • My rule:  use their original name, the Hemlock Society.
  • Their life’s work:   DEATH.
  • VIDEOClick HERE to watch Earl Blumenauer at Oregon Hemlock Society in 2010.

Blumenauer Speaks at Hemlock Society

The Hemlock Society was co-founded by advocates of mercy killing aka euthanasia.  The founders were primarily Humanists.  (Just like the founders of Planned Parenthood.)

COMPASSION & CHOICES‘ Oregon tag line:  A Resource for Oregonians Planning A DEATH WITH DIGNITY.  C&C is located in all 50 states in the U.S.

Important Pro-Euthanasia Spokesperson:

Derek Humphry is the Hemlock Society co-founder.  Resides in Oregon.  He writes about the name change HERE, saying that Hemlock Society was there to help people end their lives when ” . . . dying, trapped in a ruined body, or just plain terminally old and tired of life.”

Important Anti-Euthanasia Organizations, Resources

1.  The Patient’s Rights Council – “Frequently Asked Questions:  Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide”

Speakers:  Rita Marker and Wesley J. Smith

2.  Life Guardian Foundation – Dr. Paul Byrne

3.  Physicians for Compassionate Care – Dr. William Toffler et al.  See link under “Bioethics” in the Links section of this website.