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On February 15, the State Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee voted overwhelmingly (6-0 with 1 excused) to pass medical aid-in-dying legislation (SB 1129), out of committee following a public hearing on the bill. The next step for the bill is a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled for Tuesday, February 28 where no oral testimony will be heard, but written testimony will be accepted.

If you are a Hawai‘i resident Please take time right now to submit your testimony to the committee, explaining why you support medical aid in dying. Click here to email the committee directly or click here to submit via the State Legislature website.

History

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.

On January 12, 2017, 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.

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and Compassion & Choices filed suit on behalf of a Hawai‘i resident with terminal cancer, John Radcliffe, and a physician asserting the Hawai‘i constitution and existing state law allow the practice of medical aid in dying.

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.

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.

/ February 23, 2017

Senate committee advances aid-in-dying bill

On February 15, the State Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee voted overwhelmingly (6-0 with 1 excused) to pass medical aid-in-dying legislation (SB 1129) out of committee following a public hearing on the bill! Supporters crowded the room at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to pass the Hawai‘i Death with Dignity Act, introduced […]

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/ February 16, 2017

Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee Advances Hawai‘i Death with Dignity Act

(HONOLULU – February 15, 2017) Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i today praised the Senate’s Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health Committee for its vote (six ayes one excused) to pass medical aid-in-dying legislation (SB 1129) out of committee following a public hearing on the bill. Supporters crowded the room at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to […]

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/ February 12, 2017

Lawmakers Need to Pass a Bill to Allow Aid in Dying

      A friend bedridden by severe irreversible disease developed badly infected pressure sores. Facing prolonged hospital infection care that wouldn’t change the underlying disease that was rapidly progressing, she decided to go home and let sepsis take its course. A seriously ill acquaintance, who had lost all independence and comfort as she awaited […]

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