An aid in dying bill will be introduced in the Michigan state legislature in the 2019 legislative session.
Write your Michigan State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation!
A death with dignity bill did not advance last year in the Michigan State Legislature. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would have allowed qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Michigan 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.
Michigan State Representatives Tom Cochran (D-Mason) and Pam Farris (D-Clio) on March 30, 2017 introduced HB 4461, which outlines the procedure for physician-assisted death. On the same day, Michigan State Representative Kevin Hertel (D-St. Clair Shores) introduced HB 4462, which stipulates penalties.
In 1998, grassroots proponents of physician-assisted dying attempted to emulate the success in Oregon and introduced Proposal B, modeled after the Oregon law. The bill lost by a 3:1 margin, with 71 percent of Michiganders voting against it.
Legislative attempts, none of which made much progress, took place in 1994 (HB 4134), 1995 (SB 640), 1997 (SB 653), and 1998 (HB 5474).