AZELO Newsletter



June 1, 2023


This Issue's Contents

  • Help Us Spread the Word
  • MAID in the News
  • Why We Don't Like Using the "S" Word (a pop quiz!)
  • Donate for Dignity

Help Us Spread the Word
by Mark Savan, 
Executive Director

As those of you who are familiar with the results of our Arizona resident poll know, there is very little opposition (13%) to Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) in our state.  Our support numbers are pretty good at 60% but the real opportunity is the large portion of residents (27%) who are unsure or undecided.

We are confident that a majority of the undecided group would, in fact, become supporters if they only knew more about the issue and about MAID.  This is why educating the public is one of AZELO’s main objectives.

You can help us to increase awareness of this issue and our cause by identifying groups to whom we can make presentations.  We’ve been in touch with many organizations who are currently planning their fall education program and have been very successful in getting sessions scheduled.

Our typical presentation lasts for 60-90 minutes, including a question & answer session.  I have a summary of the program that I can provide to any interested organization.  These are generally quite interactive programs, and we get very good feedback on them.

Do you know of a group or organization who would be interested in a discussion on end-of-life options and MAID?  If so, please send me an email at


MAID News in the US

Perhaps the best way to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Vermont's medical aid in dying law, was the passage of House Bill 190 this spring which removed the residency requirement for those seeking MAID.



Nevada is on the verge of becoming the 11th state to pass a medical aid in dying law in the U.S.  SB239 passed the State Senate on April 19th and now awaits the signature of GOP Governor Joe Lombard.

Read More... 


Why We Don't Like Using the "S" Word

By Mary Ganapol, Southern Arizona Lead

Pop quiz:  What do these six prestigious medical associations have in common?

Answer:  They all strongly object to using the term “suicide” to describe MAID.  So, it’s not just a right-to-die movement objection, these associations have official detailed policies and positions that spell out why MAID is not considered assisted suicide. 

Unfortunately, the media continue to use this term to the delight of the small minority of people who object to MAID on ethical or moral grounds.  But language is important. 

We found an article entitled “Medical aid in dying is still called ‘assisted suicide’; an anthropologist explains the problem with that” by Anita Hannig, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University.  She explores how this terminology is harmful to families of MAID patients and should not be used by journalists. 

Featured in The Conversation, Prof. Hannig’s complete article can be found here:

Medical aid in dying is still called 'assisted suicide'; an anthropologist explains the problem with that




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