Arkansas State Representative Dan Douglas (R-9) introduced HB 1536, Compassionate Care End-of-Life Option Act, on February 20, 2019. At a March 12 hearing in the Public Health Committee, the bill was not brought up for a committee vote.
This was the first time in Arkansas history the state legislature considered a death with dignity bill.
Write your Arkansas State Legislators to urge their support for HB 1536!
HB 1536, Compassionate Care End-of-Life Option Act, sponsored by State Representative Dan Douglas (R-9), 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.
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.