Being a leader in our movement has always required patience. Historically, it has taken years to move legislation and shift public opinion. But the whirlwind pace of progress last year proves ours is a movement whose time has come.
In 2018, we won in Hawaii, a victory 16 years in the making. Then, in April 2019, New Jersey passed an aid-in-dying statute thanks to the tireless work of advocates on the ground. Just two months later, Maine adopted its own statute, nearly two decades after our initial ballot-initiative campaign. For the first time in our movement’s history, multiple states passed aid-in-dying bills in a single year.
Stability and Flexibility
By embracing both stability and flexibility, we have honed a strategy for success.
In conjunction with dedicated grassroots volunteers in Maine, we developed multiple strategies for achieving policy reform so we were prepared to take advantage of new developments. We gathered more than 72,000 signatures for a ballot initiative, while simultaneously working with lawmakers to introduce a bill in the 2019 legislative session.
We have made a long-term commitment to expanding our work in additional states through our Dignity50 State Leadership Incubator, which provides tools and trainings to grassroots advocates working to build support for death with dignity in their respective states. At the same time, we have the resources on hand to respond to the urgent needs of a specific campaign, as we did in Maine.
Our ultimate goal of policy reform in all 50 states is ambitious, but our momentum grows every year. The political climate in 2020 will be volatile and we’re prepared to break through the noise.
Thank you for standing with us.