Sunday, April 9, 2017
While it’s still possible that the Hawai`i House of Representatives will “recall” our bill from the Health Committee, this story in Civilbeat.com is not encouraging: “Most Hawaii House Members Won’t Say Where They Stand On Aid In Dying.” Read the story HERE.
It’s too early to know what comes next so please check back for more information. Mahalo to all who made calls and visited their Representatives to try and see our bill passed this year. All of you are heroes in my mind. Regards – Scott Foster, Communications Director
P.S. Also see the April 5, 2017, Honolulu Star-Advertiser story, “‘Cowards’ killed medical aid in dying” HERE. The author, Teresa Shook is the Maui resident who created the recent Million Women’s March on Washington. If the House members are worried about their conservative religious constituents and the 2018 election, they might want to carefully consider this.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Although our bill was “deferred” last Thursday by the State House Health Committee, that does not mean that our bill is “dead” for this session. Far from it. In fact, with former Governor Neil Abercrombie calling for the House to pass the legislation, we now have 16 days to help make this happen. Read the Associated Press story HERE.
NOTE. MAHALO! to all who voted in the Saturday Star Advertiser on-line Poll. It was exciting to see the supportive votes literally pour in after our Saturday call to action. As you can see in the following graph, we truly made a difference.
1189 voted “Bad. It denies the patient the right to choose.”
244 voted “Good. I don’t support allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medication.”
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT ACTION ALERT. With your continued help, together we can win this and pass a Death With Dignity bill in 2017.
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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. The documented “80%” public approval in Hawai`i did not just happen; it was because of our ability to keep the issue in the public eye for over two decades and we can thank the DWDNC for this dramatic impact on local public opinion.
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Mahalo! for your dedication and support over these many 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 broadcast and published media stories. Check them 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.