CELEBRATING OUR 16th ANNIVERSARY!
Our local organization was founded in early 2002 when a small group of advocates of all ages and belief systems came together in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu to begin the long public education process we knew would be required to pass a Death With Dignity bill. We’ve stayed the course and our success in keeping our issue in front of the public has brought us to where we are today. A Poll commissioned by Hawaii’s Civil Beat asking “Would you support the Hawaii State Legislature passing a bill to legalize medical aid in dying?” was released on December 13, 2017, indicated: “Proponents of the legislation outnumber opponents by a 3-to-1 ratio; 63% support, 22% oppose, 9% are “Unsure” and 6% say “Does not matter.” Significantly, the respondents were “actual voters” and not just “registered voters.” NOTE: This amazing 63% support has grown from 56% in 2012!
WHERE ARE WE TODAY? After a decade without a serious hearing at the legislature, our bill (SB1129 “Medical Aid in Dying“) easily passed the 2017 Senate Health and Judiciary Committees and then by the full Senate with only two “no” votes. After crossing over to the House, our bill was heard but was sadly “deferred” until 2018 by the House Health Committee. NOTE: You may view the entire House Health Committee hearing HERE.
Many have asked why our bill was so unceremoniously deferred after the Senate had passed it 22-3. Suffice to say, the Catholic Church and the other Conservative Christian organizations were responsible. Even though the supportive testimony outnumbered those opposing, the Conservative Christians (in blue shirts below) packed the hearing room which we belive swayed the Health Committee. Our advocates were wearing yellow. What this means is simply this: all who are physically able must show up at the 2018 hearings to testify in person. Not that your testimony alone won’t help because it will. During the looming 2018 legislative session, we must do it all.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY: If you’re not already on our email list, please join us by using the easy opt-in (in the right column on a computer or at the bottom of your smart phone screen). You can also “Like” our Facebook page. As important, talk with your supportive friends and suggest that they get involved. Perhaps tell them about our Web site and Facebook should they want to know more.
Since 2002, our work to pass a Death With Dignity law in Hawai`i has been supported by the generous assistance of the Death With Dignity National Center (DWDNC) in Portland Oregon. If you’re in a position to send a donation of any amount, please consider helping to fund our work. Either use the “Donate” button qt the right on our Web site (or below if viewing on a SmartPhone) or you may snail mail your check to our national partnering organization. ALL OF YOUR DONATION SUPPORTS OUR WORK HERE IN HAWAII.
The Death With Dignity National Center
520 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1220
Portland, Oregon 97204
Mahalo! for your dedication and support during the past 16 years. Regards – Scott Foster
P.S. The long effort to pass a Hawai`i Physicians Aid In Dying bill in 2017 has been greatly enhanced by a series of supportive broadcasts and published media stories. Check those out in our Media Archive.
Navigating The Journey is a live weekly broadcast with host Marsha Joyner that explores the options and choices of end-of-life issues from religious, cultural, medical and legal perspectives. The shows are archived for later viewing on YouTube.