Hearing set for a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in Hawaii

A bill that would allow terminally ill adults in Hawaii to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs will be discussed at a joint committee hearing Tuesday.

The sensitive subject has been debated in the islands for two decades.

So far, six states have legalized medical aid in dying.

Modeled after California’s law, House Bill 2739, entitled ‘Our Care, Our Choice’ would institute a process where adult residents in Hawaii with a medically confirmed terminal illness, and less than six months to live, could request a prescription for medication that would end their life.

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