Compassion & Choices legal experts concluded after extensive analysis that Hawaii law does not prohibit doctors from providing aid in dying
After announcing this in 2011, a prosecutor vowed to go after any doctor who helps a patient choose this option. To spread the word to patients and the medical community, Compassion & Choices formed the local Physician Advisory Council for Aid in Dying (PACAID). These doctors stand ready to support patients’ end-of-life choices and need you to stand with them. Compassion & Choices Hawaii is working to uphold this constellation of laws and protect aid in dying in the state. PACAID is willing to practice aid in dying and speak out for patient choice.
Members of our Hawaii Executive Council, composed of highly respected caregivers, community leaders and legal experts, are serving as educators and spokespeople for patient choice. Hawaii, like many states, has passed a version of the Uniform Healthcare Decisions Act, which allows patients to specify if and when they wish to refuse or withdraw life-sustaining medical care. Additionally, in 2004 Hawaii enacted the Pain Patient’s Bill of Rights, and in doing so recognized that inadequate treatment of pain is a significant health problem.
If your end-of-life plans aren’t in place yet, download and complete the following advance directive.
PACAID annual report on aid in dying in Hawaii
Doctors are asked what makes them support the movement and how they came to this position.
Our own Kathryn Tucker delves deeply into end-of-life law in Hawaii.
Hawaii voters favor Aid in dying by a wide margin, and for many reasons.
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Contact Roland Halpern, Hawaii Regional Campaign and Outreach Manager, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 303-217-2162 to learn more about what Compassion & Choices is doing in the Aloha State.
To learn how you can get involved with Compassion & Choices please contact our National Volunteer Coordinator, Marina Shuman via email or call 800-247-7421.