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Iowa State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), with Senators Claire Celsi (D), Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant), and William A. Dotzler Jr. (D) as co-sponsors, introduced SF 175, End-of-Life Options Act, on February 4, 2019. The bill was referred to the Human Resources Committee.

In the Iowa State House of Representatives, Rep. Mary Mascher (D) introduce a companion bill, HF 374, End-of-Life Options Act, on February 13, 2019. The bill was referred to the Human Resources Committee.

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Tell your Iowa state legislators to support the End-of-Life Option Act

Send a Letter

Write your Iowa state legislators to urge their support for death with dignity!

A group of Iowa State Senators is sponsoring SF 175, End-of-Life Options Act. The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Iowa 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.

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Polling

A February 2016 Des Moines Register poll has found that 59 percent of Iowans are in favor of right to die, with greater support among people 35 and younger (64 percent support, versus 51 percent for those 65 and older).

History

2017

Iowa State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant), and Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) sponsored SF 215, Iowa End-of-Life Option Act. The bill was referred to the Human Resources Subcommittee.

In the Iowa State House, Representatives Brian Meyer (D-Des Moines), Vicki Lensing (D-Iowa City), Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines), Cindy Winckler (D-Davenport), Mary Lynn Wolfe (D-Clinton), Dennis Cohoon (D-Burlington), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames), Timothy Kacena (D-Sioux City), Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City), Ruth Ann Gaines (D-Des Moines), Sharon Steckman (D-Mason City), Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo), Rick Olson (D-Pleasant Hill), Liz Bennett (D-Cedar Rapids), and Amy Nielsen (D-North Liberty) sponsored a companion bill, HF 299. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.

Neither bill advanced.

2016

Iowa State Senators Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant), Dick Dearden (D-Des Moines), and Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) sponsored SF 2051, Iowa Death with Dignity Act. A hearing was held on February 10, where no vote took place. The bill failed to meet a committee deadline and did not advance.

2015

Iowa State Representatives Brian Meyer (D-Des Moines), Dennis Cohoon (D-Burlington), Sally Stutsman (D-Riverside), Mary Mascher (D-Iowa City), Timi Brown-Powers (D-Waterloo), Mary Wolfe (D-Clinton), Marti Anderson (D-Des Moines), and Beth Wessel Kroeschell (D-Ames) sponsored HF 65, Iowa Death with Dignity Act. The bill failed to meet a committee deadline.

Pre-2015

The Iowa legislature had previously considered an assisted dying bill in 2006, HB 2425.

Take Action

Tell your Iowa state legislators to support the End-of-Life Option Act

Send a Letter

Write your Iowa state legislators to urge their support for death with dignity!

A group of Iowa State Senators is sponsoring SF 175, End-of-Life Options Act. The bill would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Iowa 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.

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