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On January 5, 2017, Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck (D-Salt Lake City) introduced HB 76, End of Life Options Act. Compassion & Choices volunteers have sent letters urging their legislators to support the bill, visited their elected officials, held numerous organizing events and told their stories. However, On February 9, 2017, the bill was tabled. For the third year a medical aid-in-dying bill was introduced, and for the third year did not make it out of committee.
Despite this setback, we’re still working to organize in Utah. Join our efforts in the state by clicking here. Let’s advance medical aid-in-dying legislation together.
Update: On Tuesday, February 6 the Utah State House passed a bill that could unintentionally criminalize healthcare providers for treating patients at the end of life creating a chilling effect on end-of-life care in the state. Compassion & Choices supporters in Utah are encouraged to reach out to the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice committee to oppose the bill.
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Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck introduced two similar bills in 2015 and 2016. Both attempts were tabled, being sent for further study.
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(Utah – Feb 25, 2016) This week, the The Utah Chapter of the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities expressed its support for the End of Life Options Act (H.B. 264), a bill modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, which would authorize terminally ill adults in Utah to seek medical aid in dying should their suffering become […]Read More
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