Despite the monumental efforts of citizen advocates from across the state, the Medical Aid in Dying Act has been deferred by the House Health Committee and did not receive a vote following today’s hearing. This means the advancement of the bill has been halted after unprecedented progress this year.
Although this is not the outcome we hoped for today, the bill remains active, and your representative needs to know that despite this setback, you continue to support it.
Mahalo nui loa for all the hard work and effort you’ve put into this campaign so far. Courageous people living with terminal illness and their families attended hearings and told their personal stories, urging lawmakers to pass the bill so they could have the option of medical aid in dying if and when no other treatment provided relief for their suffering. Hundreds of you have visited your legislators, sent testimony, submitted opinion pieces and called into radio programs to make sure your voices were heard in support of medical aid in dying.
We can’t let this incredible effort wither in vain. That’s why it’s imperative that you contact your representative in the House and let them know that you strongly support the Hawai‘i Medical Aid in Dying Act.
The Hawai‘i Medical Aid in Dying Act progressed further in 2017 than any such legislation has in over 15 years, and we remain confident that the will of the people of Hawai‘i — 80 percent of whom support medical aid in dying — will prevail.
We will continue the fight, and I hope you continue to be part of it.
Mahalo for all you do.