Hawaii Enacts Our Care, Our Choice Act, Legalizing Medical Aid in Dying

This week, Hawaii joined California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. These eight U.S. jurisdictions have affirmatively legalized medical aid in dying. (See my legal history of MAID.) The Hawaii Legislature rightly observes that the "rigorous safeguards" in the Our "Care, Our Choice Act" are "the strongest of any state in the nation."  Three notable examples:While all state statutes impose waiting periods, Hawaii's 22-day waiting period is the longest.  Hawaii limits MAID to those with terminal illnesses that will produce death within six months even with reasonable and ordinary medical treatment. Hawaii also limits MAID to those over 21 years old instead of 18 like other states.  

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