The Hawai & # 39; i Senate voted on Thursday at 23-2 to House Bill 2739 entitled "Our Concern, Our Electoral Law."
Dormant medical help allows a mentally-disabled, terminally ill adult to live with six months or less, the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions.
The bill is now forwarded to the House for its review and is expected to be registered in the governor for its consideration. [1
On the ground, Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi thanked Senator Karl Rhoads for researching and manufacturing SB1129. He also paid tribute to Senator Rosalyn Baker, Chair of the Committee on Trade, Consumer Protection and Health, and Senator Gil Keith-Agaran, then Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and their staff for the efforts that were made last year to "propose a public document we could discuss and discuss to take into account that we would be comfortable voting, all of which helped us find a better place with the law being voted on today. "
The US Senator Colleen Hanabusa, who runs for the governor, applauded the Legislative Assembly of the Hawai'i State and took the opportunity to request the governor to sign the bill within the required 10 days to allow patients suffering from an incurable Suffering from illness, can decide how they want to spend the rest of their lives. Hanabusa has previously had a testimonial in support of H.B. 2739.
"We have been debating and discussing this issue for a long time, and this is the right move, and I urge the Governor to act now," Hanabusa said. "This important and very personal decision belongs to the patient, and we should ensure that the policies and procedures we approve respect their wishes and protect their rights."
Hanabusa has supported similar death sentences with dignity. While working in the Hawai'i State Senate between 2004 and 2007, she introduced three measures, the H.B. 2739.
- In 2002, after a House bill had been tabled, Hanabusa voted to pull out accompanying legislation from a Senate committee, where the chairman objected. She voted in favor of the measure. It failed after a soil debate by the Hawai'i State Senate.
- In 2004, Hanabusa introduced and supported SB 391, the first of three measures to tackle the problem. She proposed SB 1308 in 2005.
- In 2007, she introduced the SB in 1995 and voted for a doctor to prescribe six months or less to a patient diagnosed as incurable. At that time, SB 1995 was the fifth attempt to reach consensus on this issue.
The Executive Director of the Center for Death with Dignity, Peg Sandeen, has made the following statement on the adoption of HD2739 HD1, our Our Care Our Choice Act, in the Hawai'i State Senate:
"For nearly two decades The Death with Dignity National Center has worked with citizens, legislators and leaders in Hawai'i to give the people of Hawai'i the right to die with dignity, from ex-Governor Ben Cayetano to hundreds of citizens Those who have faithfully worked for this cause today mark a new beginning in Hawai'i's treatment of terminally ill.
"We thank the members of the legislature who have recognized this. The will of the voters could no longer be ignored and brought the bill to the successful votes in the state house and the Senate.
"While we wait for the signature of Governor Ige, we can not help but think about it and thank the many citizens of Hawai'i who have worked for the passage of this law, but have never seen it happen, we thank them for the courage to say something and begin this conversation.
"As residents of the seventh US jurisdiction, who may issue a death certificate The people of Hawai'i be reassured when they know that laws in other states, especially in Oregon, where they have been in force for more than 20 years, have proven to be flawless in their implementation and protect the rights of patients , Family members and health professionals who work through this process. Rest assured that Hawai & # 39; i legislators in this law ensure that patients have control over this process and make their own decisions at every step – as is their right. "