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On March 23, the House Health Committee deferred the Hawaii Medical Aid in Dying Act (SB 1129), halting its progress. 

In advance of the 2017 legislative session, Compassion & Choices announced a dual-pronged approach to bring definitive access to medical aid in dying to the Aloha State through a legislative campaign and legal action.


Hawai’i 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.


For more information about Senate Bill 1129 click here.

You Can Help

To make this campaign a reality, we have received a $250,000 challenge grant from the Stupski Family Foundation of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. For the next three years, every donation to Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000! Please donate now and help make medical aid in dying a reality.

/ March 23, 2017

Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i Responds to House Health Committee Deferral of Medical Aid in Dying Act

(HONOLULU) The House Health Committee today deferred SB 1129, Hawaii’s Medical Aid in Dying Act. Following is a statement from Mary Steiner, campaign manager, Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i: “We are deeply disappointed that the bill did not advance further today, but we remain confident that  the will of the people of Hawai‘i, who so strongly […]

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