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DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAI`I

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING DEATH WITH DIGNITY

AS PASSED BY THE 2010 STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONVENTION

 

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hereas, medical science and technology are capable of greatly prolonging life, which has created many new and complex ethical decisions concerning such prolongation; and

 

Whereas medical science and technology are capable of pain management both for the dying and for those lives are being prolonged, and

 

Whereas, since 1997, the State of Oregon has recognized the right of individuals to make a personal choice concerning death or the prolongation of life; and

 

Whereas, only 15.6 individuals per 10,000 documented deaths occurring in Oregon during 2007 were attributable to those exercising their right to choose a Death With Dignity; and

 

Whereas, out of 180,000 deaths occurring in the six years after Oregon passed its “Oregon Death With Dignity” statute, only 171 people actually exercised the freedom to choose to die; and

 

Whereas, the U.S. Supreme Court in Vacco v. Quill, and Washington v. Glucksberg held that issues surrounding the physician-assisted suicide are reserved for the states to decide; and

 

Whereas, recent polls indicate that over 80% of Hawai„is registered voters support the option of Death With Dignity; and

 

Whereas, the 2002 Hawai`i State House of Representatives passed Death With Dignity legislation based upon the Oregon law and the 2002 Hawai`i State Senate failed to pass this Death With Dignity legislation by only three votes; now, therefore

 

Be It Resolved that the Hawai`i State Legislature is urged to introduce and pass Death With Dignity legislation similar to the successful Oregon law; and

 

Be It Further Resolved that certified copies of this resolution be transmitted to the members of Hawa`i's Congressional Delegation and the Hawa`i State Legislature.

 

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