After ‘intense debate,’ Hawaii lawmakers defer suicide bill

From CRUX of the News

(March 28, 2017)

HONOLULU – The House Health Committee of the Hawaii Legislature on March 23 unanimously voted to defer a bill that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.

The move by the seven-member committee, which took place after hours of what new reports described as “intense debate,” essentially means no further action will be taken on the measure this session.

On March 7, the Hawaii Senate passed the measure, called the “Medical Aid in Dying” bill, or S.B. 1129, with 22 votes in favor, three against. Two of the affirmative votes were cast “with reservations.”

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