Will 2017 be the year for medical aid-in-dying legislation for Hawaii?

Compassion & Choices Hawaii has a new poll showing that 80 percent of Hawaii voters believe a “death with dignity” option should be available for a terminally ill person who is mentally capable to receive a prescription for life-ending medication.

The poll, conducted by Anthology Research for Compassion & Choices Hawaii, indicates voters across all demographics believe the option should be legal in Hawaii.

That’s according to a press release from Compassion & Choices Hawaii, which advocates for the same.

Mary Steiner Compassion and Choices2. 13 may 2016

Mary Steiner in Civil Beat’s office, May 2016.

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This is the third study in recent years by the same organizations, bolstering the position that support for medical aid in dying is growing.

“We know that kamaaina overwhelmingly support aid in dying because we hear from them every day,” said Mary Steiner, the group’s campaign manager. “Terminally ill adults want and deserve access to the full spectrum of end of life options to make a peaceful death possible.”

Aid in dying, says the press release, “is a legally permitted end-of-life medical care option” for the terminally ill in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, California and Colorado.

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