Arkansas was one of the early states to address end-of-life options through legislation. Act 879 of 1977 was largely focused on legalizing living wills and refusing “extraordinary” measures to save their life, but did contain the following language: “every person shall have the right to die with dignity.” This decades-old foundation could be built on with the right combination of advocates and brave legislators.
Tell Your Arkansas State Legislators to Support Death with Dignity Legislation
Write your Arkansas State Representative and Senator to urge their support for aid in dying legislation
The Arkansas State Legislature did not advance a death with dignity bill this session. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would allow qualified adult residents of Arkansas with a terminal illness to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.