On Friday, March 16, the Hawai’i Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee passed House Bill 2739, the Our Care, Our Choice Act, on a unanimous 6 to 0 vote! If enacted into law, the legislation would authorize medical aid in dying in the state.
HB 2739 now moves to the Senate Judiciary committee and if it passes there, will move to a vote of the full Senate.
Find you senator’s contact information using the links provided and send an email or place a call to their office stating your support for HB 2739. If you are comfortable telling your personal story of how you came to support medical aid in dying, please share it with your senator. We can’t overstate the importance of personal stories when speaking to your lawmaker.
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.
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 plans to appeal the court’s decision.
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.
For more information about Senate Bill 1129 click here.
(HONOLULU – March 16, 2018) Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i applauded the Senate’s Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee for its 6-0 vote to pass HB2739, the Our Care, Our Choice Act, out of committee following public hearing on the bill today. (One committee member was excused from the vote). HB2739 now moves to the Senate […]Read More
Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i applauded the state House of Representatives for its bipartisan 39 to 12 vote to pass legislation after a third and final reading today that would authorize medical aid in dying as an option for terminally ill adults in Hawai‘i. The bill, whose title is the “Our Care, Our Choice Act” (HB […]Read More
Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i applauds the Hawai‘i House Health & Human Services (HHS) and Judiciary (JUD) Committees for their overwhelming 4 to 1 vote (HHS) and 7 to 1 vote (JUD) today to approve medical aid-in-dying legislation, “Our Care, Our Choice Act,” HB2739, for full House consideration following a joint public hearing on the bill […]Read More