Hawaii’s 2020 assisted suicide report recommends even more death

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Hawaii assisted suicide law–“Our care, our choice act”–took effect on January 1, 2019. 

For the year 2019, the 2019 Hawaii assisted suicide report indicated that:

30 people were prescribed a lethal drug cocktail, 

15 people died by assisted suicide, 

8 people who received a lethal prescription died a natural death 

7 people who received a lethal prescription remained alive at the end of 2019.

For the year 2020, the latest report, recently released, indicated that:

37 people were prescribed a lethal drug cocktail, 

25  people died by assisted suicide, 

7 people who received a lethal prescription died a natural death, 

The status of four people who received a lethal prescription is unknown.

When the status is unknown, the person may have died by assisted suicide but no reports were received.

Similar to the 2019 report, the 2020 report concludes with the Hawaii Department of Health [DOH] lobbying for an expansion of the assisted suicide law. The report states:

The DOH recommends the following changes to the OCOCA. 

  1. Waiver of any waiting periods if the attending provider and consulting provider agree that patient death is likely prior to the end of the waiting periods. 
  2.  Given access to health care providers is limited, the DOH recommends authorizing advance practice registered nurses to serve as attending providers for patients seeking medical aid in dying. 

As Wesley J. Smith stated in his commentary on the Hawaii assisted suicide report: 

Please understand, dear readers, that when assisted-suicide advocates promise strict guidelines to protect against abuse, they don’t really mean it. The promise’s purpose is to get the law passed, not to be kept.

Hawaii is not the only jurisdiction pushing for more death. A court case was just launched by the assisted death movement in California to expand its assisted suicide law to euthanasia (direct killing). 

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.