Hawaii Legalizes Medical Aid in Dying – 8th U.S. Jurisdiction

This week, Compassion & Choices Hawai‘i applauded the State Senate for its 23-to-2 vote to pass HB 2739, the Our Care, Our Choice Act. Gov. Ige is expected to sign the bill, which the House passed 39-12, that would authorize medical aid in dying in Hawai‘i since he already endorsed the legislation.Medical aid in dying is an end-of-life medical practice in which a terminally ill, mentally capable individual who has a prognosis of six months or less may request, obtain and—if his or her suffering becomes unbearable—self-ingest medication that brings about a peaceful death.Today’s result represents a major milestone in the fight for medical aid in dying: with this vote, the issue has progressed further through the legislative process than ever in Hawai‘i history. HB 2739 now heads to Governor David Ige’s desk. He has until April 17 to sign it into law.If enacted into law, the legislation would authorize medical aid in dying in…

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