Recent polls show that the people of Hawaii overwhelmingly support medical aid in dying as an end-of-life option and Compassion & Choices is working to secure this option in the state. Hawaii’s physicians are ready to honor a person’s healthcare decisions including incorporating medical aid in dying as one of the many options for terminally ill individuals.
Now is the time to speak out. Each of our voices holds great power. Do you remember Brittany Maynard? The astounding attention one young woman generated telling her story – plainly relaying both her sadness and brave resolve – proves how impactful sharing our beliefs, experiences and emotions can be.
Add your voice to help expand end-of-life options in Hawaii. Why do you support medical aid in dying? What does this movement mean to you? Have you witnessed a peaceful or tragic death? How would the ability to make your own healthcare decisions when facing a terminal illness change your approach to treatment?
Tell us, so that we can share it with others. The heart and truth of your personal story can change minds, change laws, change the world.
In 1998, a blue-ribbon panel recommended reforms for end-of-life care in Hawaii, including the right to medical aid in dying if the dying process became prolonged and unbearable.
Since then, dedicated people have kept this vision alive. Now, with aid in dying becoming available to more and more Americans thanks to the personal stories of people like Barbara Mancini, Brittany Maynard and Vicky York, we are more committed than ever.
Compassion & Choices is stepping up the fight for kamaaina to have access to a full range of choices at the end of life. We’re working on grassroots organization, outreach to opinion leaders and a comprehensive public education campaign. We’re also preparing healthcare practitioners to better understand the standard of care for medical aid in dying.
You Can Help
Through 2018, every donation to Compassion & Choices Hawaii will be matched dollar for dollar up to $250,000, thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Stupski Family Foundation of the Hawaii Community Foundation. Please donate now, and your gift will go even further toward making medical aid in dying a reality in Hawaii.
To start a Compassion & Choices volunteer action team in Hawaii, please click here to be put in touch with our national volunteer program manager for more information.
“Personal preferences about end-of-life treatment are strongly related to…race and ethnicity,” concluded the Pew Research Center on Religion & Public Life in Nov. 2013. “Whites are more inclined to favor laws allowing [medical aid in dying] than are either blacks or Hispanics.” This conclusion seemed plausible at the time. Then, only four states with overwhelmingly […]Read More
Hawaii’s Civil Beat asserts that 20 years after the blue ribbon panel created by Gov. Ben Cayetano recommend authorizing medical aid in dying in the state, that it’s time for lawmakers to make it a reality. Twenty years after the matter was first seriously raised in Hawaii, this is a conversation that feels ready to be brought to […]Read More
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