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Should Hawaii have a Death with Digntiy Law

July 24, 2012

Do you think Hawaii should pass a Death with Dignity (physician-assisted) law?

I don’t know if you are aware of this, but I am in stage 4 of Glioblastoma, which is a brain disease that does not have a positive outcome.  Thus I am asking what I must do to get Hawaii closer to enacting a Bill to have Death with Dignity.

When the end is near I would like to have the ability to say “no more” and be given assistance to help me on my journey.

With the 14 years of data showing Oregon’s Death with Dignity law is safe and utilized the way it was intended, with no evidence of a slippery slope for vulnerable Oregonians, and since our win in Washington in 2008, bills which seek to improve end-of-life care have been introduced in state legislatures around the country.

State legislators have the Oregon and Washington laws to use as a guide. While many bills are drafted each year, the majority fail. Some consider it a failure that most bills do not end up becoming law, but we view these bills as a testament to the growing support of the Death with Dignity movement, the will of the public, and the strength of Oregon’s and Washington’s model legislation.

Below is a summary of the status of current Death with Dignity-related legislation in Hawaii.

Bills in favor of physician-assisted death:

Hawaii  
Bill Numbers Senate Bill 803 and House Bill 1383
Bill title Death with Dignity
Summary Introduces legislation similar to the Oregon and Washington Death with Dignity Acts.
Date Introduced 1/21/11 to the Senate and 1/26/11 to the House
Latest update Carried over to 2012 Regular Session on 12/1/11. Hawaii’s 2011-2012 Session adjourned 5/3/12, and bills didn’t moved forward

 This issue was raised at the last HARA meeting.

http://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/big-island-marathon-race-director-going-strong-despite-battling-stage-iv-glioblastoma/

http://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/exercise-to-fight-glioblastomas-brain-cancer/

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. J.N. permalink
    July 24, 2012 1:24 pm

    I think that is a noble and enduring task for anyone to take on.
    I stand along side you to help in anyway I can.
    What an excellent bill to put forth to our legislature to help Hawaii’s
    ohana when they need it the most.

  2. July 25, 2012 4:10 pm

    I would love to stand in support of this bill please email me information on anything I could do to help.

  3. Dwayne D. Yoshina permalink
    July 27, 2012 3:08 pm

    I am a long time supporter of this type legislation. I had hoped that Hawaii would again be a leader for “what is right”. Let me know how I might help.

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