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Hawaiʻi

In Hawaiʻi, medical aid-in-dying achieved great progress this year. Compassion & Choices pursued a dual-pronged strategy of legislation and litigation, however, on July 15, a state judge decided to dismiss the case (brought forward by Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and Compassion & Choices on behalf of a Hawaiʻi resident with terminal cancer, John Radcliffe) that seeks to clarify that the Hawai‘i constitution and existing state law allow the practice of medical aid in dying. Plaintiff John Radcliffe plans to appeal the court’s decision. 

Our volunteers and advocates worked hard and should be extraordinarily proud of how far we were able to advance medical aid in dying legislation this legislative session. The House Health Committee deferred SB 1129, Hawaii’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. Unfortunately, the bill is not moving this year, but still alive for another year. Despite this setback, we have made tremendous progress on our campaign to bring medical aid in dying to Hawai‘i.

With the support of our incredible volunteer force, we are determined to pass a law in the Aloha State. If you’d like to join an action team click here to get started.

History

Hawaiʻi residents have been working to authorize aid in dying in the Aloha State for nearly two decades, and C&C Hawai‘i has built a larger-than-ever base of grassroots support. Over the past several years we’ve explored a variety of legal and legislative strategies to expand end-of-life choice and authorize medical aid in dying. After many years of laying the groundwork, Compassion & Choices is optimistic that in 2017 our work will pay off with a legislative effort to authorize the practice.

Polling Data

Anthology Marketing Group (formerly QMark Research) survey, Nov. 2016

» Eight out of 10 Hawai‘i voters (80%) agreed that “a mentally capable adult [who] is dying of a terminal disease that cannot be cured…definitely (55%) or probably (25%) should have the legal option to request prescription medicine from their doctor, and use that medication to end their suffering in their final stages of dying.”

Click here for full Hawai‘i polling data.

Resources

For more information about Senate Bill 1129 click here.

 

/ January 26, 2018

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

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 […]

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/ July 17, 2017

Terminally Ill Hawai`i Man Plans to Appeal Dismissal of Medical Aid-in-Dying Case Cites Overwhelming Support for End-of-Life Care Option by Hawai`i Voters

A terminally ill Hawai`i man plans to appeal a ruling last night by a state court judge who dismissed his lawsuit that asserts the state constitution and existing state statutes allow doctors to practice medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying gives mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option to get a doctor’s prescription for medication […]

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