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Governor David Ige signed the Our Care, Our Choice Act, which authorizes medical aid in dying in the Aloha State, on April 5, 2018. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2019. Compassion & Choices, will immediately begin our Access Campaign to educate communities, doctors, healthcare systems and hospices about the medical practice and law to ensure that Hawai‘i residents who wish to use medical aid in dying will have access to this compassionate end-of-life care option.

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History

Hawaiʻi residents have been working to authorize medical aid in dying in the Aloha State for nearly two decades, and C&C Hawai‘i has built a large 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.

On July 15, 2017, a state judge decided to dismiss a 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 appealed the court’s decision.

After nearly 20 years of on-the-ground organizing, the Hawai‘i State Legislature passed the Our Care, Our Choice Act in 2018. Governor David Ige signed the measure on April 5, 2018. 

The Our Care, Our Choice Act authorizes the practice of medical aid in dying, in which terminally ill, mentally capable adults, with six months or less to live, can request a doctor’s prescription for medication that they could decide to take in their final days or weeks to end unbearable suffering and die peacefully. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2019.

 

Contact

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-800-247-7421

 

/ August 30, 2018

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/ April 30, 2018

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/ April 5, 2018

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