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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 by Senators Karl Rhoads, Lorraine Inouye, Michelle Kidani and Russell Ruderman. SB 1129 now faces a floor vote and then moves to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Contact your senator and let them know how important the option of medical aid in dying is to you. Just enter your street name and ZIP code on the linked form, and it will provide you with your senator’s contact information.

The people of Hawai‘i have been striving for a medical aid-in-dying option for more than 20 years, and Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i has built a larger-than-ever base of grassroots support. A recent poll shows 80 percent of Hawai‘i voters want a medical aid-in-dying law. And the issue has been gaining a groundswell of support among medical and interfaith groups, including from the Hawai‘i Medical Association, which dropped its long-standing opposition to medical aid in dying and recently adopted a neutral stance.

SB 1129 now faces a floor vote before moving to the Senate Judiciary Committee. So please take a moment today and contact your senator to let them know that you, like 80% of Hawai‘i residents polled, support medical aid in dying and are determined to see it become law this year.

Click the link below to contact your senator today:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/findleg.aspx

Mahalo nui loa to everyone who provided testimony, especially those living with advanced illness and fighting for their right to consider this option. We are proud of our diverse coalition of individuals, doctors and organizations that came out in strong support of Senate Bill 1129, just like the people of Hawai‘i, who want the right to aid in dying.

For more information about Senate Bill 1129, and our campaign to authorize medical aid in dying in Hawai‘i, please visit www.compassionandchoices.org/hawaii.