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COMPASSION & CHOICES HAWAI‘I APPLAUDS AFL-CIO VOTE TO SUPPORT MEDICAL AID IN DYING LEGISLATION

Resolution Calls for Expanding Options for End-of-Life Care to Include Medical Aid in Dying

Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i today applauded the Hawai‘i State AFL-CIO for passing a resolution calling for lawmakers to enact legislation authorizing medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults with a prognosis of six months or fewer to live the option to request, obtain and self-ingest medication to die peacefully in their sleep if their suffering becomes unbearable. Prior to this vote, the AFL-CIO had a neutral stance on medical aid in dying.

“This exciting news demonstrates that the local community is moving consistently and decisively to support medical aid in dying as a legitimate end-of-life option for all terminally ill, mentally capable kama‘aina and their families,” Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i Communications Officer Aubrey Hawk said. “We are profoundly grateful to the AFL-CIO for its enlightened leadership in supporting the campaign to authorize medical aid in dying as an option for terminally ill Hawai‘i residents.”

Among the reasons to support medical aid in dying cited in AFL-CIO’s resolution are:

The Hawai‘i State AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 73 local affiliate unions and councils in the State whose parent international unions are affiliated at the national level with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). It is one of 51 state federations operating under a charter granted by the AFL-CIO.

“We look forward to working with the Hawai‘i State AFL-CIO to help continue to educate kama‘aina about end-of-life care options; to mobilize the overwhelming support of Hawai‘i residents for medical aid in dying; and to convince the Legislature that 2018 is the year Hawai‘i should join six other states and the District of Columbia in making medical aid in dying available for those who seek this option,” Hawk concluded.