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Iowa

For 2018, there is no pending legislative activity in Iowa. However, Compassion & Choices is working to organize support in Iowa, and we have established a volunteer network. Join our efforts by clicking here. Let’s advance medical aid-in-dying legislation together.

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History

Iowa State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant), and Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) introduced Senate File 215, Iowa End-of-Life Option Act, on February 7, 2017. The bill was referred to the Human Resources Subcommittee.

In the Iowa State House, Representatives Brian Meyer (D-Des Moines), Vicki Lensing (D-Iowa City), Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines), Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport), Mary Lynn Wolfe (D-Clinton), Dennis Cohoon (D-Burlington), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames), Timothy Kacena (D-Sioux City), Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City), Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines), Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City), Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo), Rick Olson (D-Pleasant Hill), Liz Bennett (D-Cedar Rapids), and Amy Nielsen (D-North Liberty) introduced a companion bill, House File 299. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Legislative attempts in Iowa happened in 2006, and the 2015-2016 biennium. SF 2051 and HF 65, both titled “Iowa’s Death with Dignity Act”, failed to meet a committee deadlines, though the senate bill did receive an initial hearing.

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/ January 2, 2018

The Christian case for right-to-die

This guest commentary originally appeared for The Quad-City Times Like many other faith leaders, I have spent a great deal of time helping people and families in difficult times, particularly as a Hospice chaplain. Understandably, death is a topic that most people want to avoid talking about. But spiritual leaders embrace dying as a natural […]

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/ February 12, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith RN, MSN discovered hospice her last year of nursing school after responding to a flier asking for hospice volunteers. “I absolutely loved it,” she recalls. “When my patients were actively dying, it didn’t matter if it was two or four in the morning, I was there with them – even though at the […]

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