An aid in dying bill, SB 1800, the Death with Dignity Act, has been proposed for the first time in history in Florida’s 2020 legislative session.
Write your Florida State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity!
Terminally-ill Floridians continue to die without having the death with dignity option. 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. While this year no fewer than 16 states considered physician-assisted dying legislation, Florida wasn't one of them. Urge your Florida state legislators to support death with dignity legislation!
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.”