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Hawai‘i is the 7th U.S. jurisdiction to have a death with dignity statute. The Our Care, Our Choice Act went into effect on January 1, 2019.

In the 2019 legislative session, SB 536 was proposed, adding safeguards to the original law.

On July 1, 2019, the Department of Health released a report on the first five months of implementation. Learn more →


Efforts to pass a death with dignity law in Hawai‘i date back almost two decades.

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