Opposition on Assisted Suicide Overwhelming

SB1129, according the Senate Committee report, received testimony in support by the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i; LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Compassion & Choices; Compassion and Choices Hawai‘i; International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142; Chamber of Commerce for Persons with Disabilities – Hawaii; Hawai‘i Death with Dignity Society; Hawai‘i State Democratic Women’s Caucus; Nursing Advocates & Mentors, Inc.; Filipino-American Advocacy Network; Kupuna Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Hawai‘i Friends of Civil Rights; Americans for Democratic Action – Hawai‘i; Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Hawai‘i Advocates for Consumer Rights; First Unitarian Church of Honolulu; Life of the Land; Progressive Democrats of Hawaii; Rainbow Family 808; Ho‘omana Pono, LLC; and over two hundred individuals.

Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Republican Party; Hawaii Family Forum; Hawaii Federation of Republican Women; St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii; Hawaii Life Alliance; Concerned Women for America of Hawaii; American Nurses Association; Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund; Hawaii Catholic Conference; The Prayer Center of the Pacific; Not Dead Yet; Second Thoughts Massachusetts: Disability Rights Advocates Against Assisted Suicide; and over five hundred individuals.

The committee also stated in its report that it “finds that medical aid in dying is a medical practice in which a mentally capable, terminally ill adult with six months or less to live may request a prescription for a medication that the terminally ill adult can self-administer to achieve death in a peaceful, humane, and dignified manner.”  Interestingly, they also call the action of a physician who intentionally writes a prescription for a lethal dose of barbituates as a “safe and trusted practice.”

The bill passed by six legislators voting in favor (Senator(s) Baker, Nishihara, S. Chang, Ihara, Kidani, Ruderman) and one (Senator Espero) being excused.

The bill will now move to the Senate Judiciary & Labor Committee.  If you have done so, please sign our online petition against assisted suicide.