An aid in dying bill, SB 1800, the Death with Dignity Act, has been proposed for the first time in history; on March 14 the bill was indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration.
Write your Florida State Representative and Senator to urge their support for the bill!
SB 1800, the Death with Dignity Act, is under consideration in the Florida state legislature. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, such a bill would allow qualified adult residents of Florida 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.
- Introduced on January 10, 2020
- Full text of SB 1800, the Florida Death with Dignity Act
- Legislative history of SB 1800
- Sponsor: Florida State Senator Kevin Rader (D-29)
- Referred to Senate Health Policy, Judiciary, and Rules Committees
- Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration on March 14
The media in Florida rarely discuss the issue of assisted dying.
In 2015, on the heels of California’s new law, the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board published an editorial in support of Death with Dignity. The editorial recalled a case 30 years prior which brought the issue to the fore, when a man from Broward helped to end his wife’s life and served time in prison, but noted no change in the laws had been contemplated since that time. The editorial ended stating physician aid-in-dying is “a complex, emotional issue, but it is time to have the conversation in Florida.”
In 2017, Florida Today ran an op-ed stating it was “time to allow death with dignity in the Sunshine State.”