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The Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, a death with dignity bill, was heard in House and Senate committees, which recommended it be held for further study.

  • S 157 / S 320 :
      • Introduced on January 28, 2019.
      • Sponsors: Rhode Island State Senators Gayle Goldin (D), Cynthia Armour Coyne (D), Dawn Euer (D), and Joshua Miller (D).
      • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
      • Heard in Committee on April 25, 2019; the Committee recommended the bill be held for further study.
  • H 5555:
    • Introduced on February 27, 2019.
    • Sponsors: Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence) and Representatives Liana Cassar (D), Rebecca Kislak (D), Jason Knight (D), and Teresa Ann Tanzi (D).
    • Referred to the House House Health, Education & Welfare Committee.
    • Heard in Committee on March 27, 2019; ; the Committee recommended the bill be held for further study.

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Write your Rhode Island State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation

The Rhode Island Legislature in 2019 referred the Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, sponsored by a group of State Senators and Representatives, for further study. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would have allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Rhode Island 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. Write your Rhode Island State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation in the next session.

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History

2018

Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence) again introduced an assisted dying bill in the 2018 session. Co-sponsored by Representatives Lauren Carson (D), Susan Donovan (D), and Jason Knight (D), H 7297, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act was referred to the Rhode Island House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee on January 25, 2018. A hearing on the bill took place on April 4.

2017

Rhode Island Representative Edith Ajello, together with co-sponsors Aaron Regunberg (D), Lauren Carson (D), Susan Donovan (D), and Teresa Tanzi (D), introduced H 5468, the Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, on February 15, 2017. The bill was referred to the House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee. On March 15, the sponsor requested the bill be postponed, which effectively ended its progress.

2016

Representative Ajello’s bill, H 7659, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, was heard in a House Committee on March 23, 2016, and held for further study.

2015

In 2015, State Representatives Edith Ajello (D-Providence), Teresa Tanzi (D), Aaron Regunberg (D), Christopher Blazejewski (D) and David Bennett (D) on February 12 introduced H 5507, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, in the House. The bill was heard on April 8 in the Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare, which recommended the measure be held for further study.

Senator Gayle Goldin (D-Providence) and co-sponsors Christopher Ottiano (R), Joshua Miller (D), Erin Lynch (D), and Paul Jabour (D) introduced a companion bill, S 598, in the Senate, where the Judiciary Committee on May 28 made the same recommendation as the House Committee.

Pre-2015

Oregon-style physician-assisted dying bills were considered in the Rhode Island state legislature in

Take Action

Tell Your Legislators to Support Death with Dignity Legislation for Rhode Island

Send a Letter ›

Write your Rhode Island State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation

The Rhode Island Legislature in 2019 referred the Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, sponsored by a group of State Senators and Representatives, for further study. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would have allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Rhode Island 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. Write your Rhode Island State Legislators to urge their support for death with dignity legislation in the next session.