Virginia State Delegate Kaye Kory introduced HB 2713, Death with Dignity Act, on January 14, 2019. The bill failed to meet a legislative committee deadline and did not advance this session.
This was the first time in history an aid in dying bill was considered in the Virginia state legislature.
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Death with Dignity Act, sponsored by Virginia State Delegate Kaye Kory, did not advance in the 2019 legislative session. Like the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would have allowed qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Virginia 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.
The Virginia Joint Commission on Healthcare in September 2018 published a report on the issue, “Medical Aid in Dying: A Final Report” [pdf]. Following a period of public comment, the Commission on November 7, 2018 voted 10 to 6 to take no further action on the issue.