After the parliamentary debates (in commissions and both chambers), on 5 April the last step was taken: Hawai‘i Governor David Ige signed the Our Care, Our Choice Act into law.
The law will go into effect on January 1, 2019.
DWD National Center reported: With the Governor’s signature, the residents of Hawai‘i joined those of Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. in having the option, should they be terminally ill with less than 6 months to live, to end their lives in a humane and dignified manner. The new law is a monumental step forward for all Americans who want the freedom to make their own end-of-life decisions. We are grateful to the many citizens of Hawaii who advocated for this law for the courage to speak out and begin this conversation and to the members of the Legislature who recognized that the will of voters could no longer be ignored. Relive the moment with us and watch the Facebook Live recording of the signing ceremony