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Tucson Unanimously Passes Resolution Supporting Aid in Dying

(Tucson, AZ – December 15, 2015) Tuesday, the Tucson City Council, including Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, approved a memorial resolution supporting aid in dying by a unanimous 7 – 0 vote. Medical aid in dying is already and authorized end-of-life option in 5 state including, most recently, California. 

The memorial resolution will be presented to the Arizona Senate, urging legislators to support an aid in dying law in the upcoming legislative session. This effort was spearheaded by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Councilpersons, Steve Kozachick, Karin Uhlich and Richard Fimbres. 

Although the memorial does not change the existing law prohibiting aid in dying, it recognizes the growing public support for expanding end-of-life options to include medical aid in dying.

The Memorial affirms that the City of Tucson:

Bisbee was the first Arizona municipality to publicly affirm support of aid in dying by passing a resolution of their own in September, 2015. After Tuesday’s vote, Tucson becomes the largest city in Arizona to publically recognize the rights of terminally ill, mentally competent adults to have access to a full range of end-of-life options, including aid in dying. 

Tucson joins municipalities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, which passed similar resolutions in the run up to that state adopting the End-of-Life Option Act earlier this year. Compassion & Choices applauds this effort by the Tucson City Council and is optimistic that the Arizona Legislature will respond by making aid-in-dying legislation a top priority in the coming year.