RiceHawaii StateOur Care, Our Choice Act (Medical Selection Act) which legalized Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) of the terminal patient in the terminal patient was passed by the Legislature on 28th March. On the 5th of April, the Nikkei (Okinawa)David Ige(David Y. Ige) governor signed and enacted. In the nation, it becomes the sixth state legalizing PAS.

HB 2739: Our Care, Our Choice / Governor David Y. Ige

This bill allows legitimization of PAS with stringent requirements. The requirement is "for adults living in Hawaii state" "Two or more doctors are diagnosed as" patient's life expectancy is less than 6 months "," the patient is in a mental state that can be determined by himself " It is in a state that you can take it yourself "and" Do not prescribe by medical staff other than a doctor. "

In Hawaii State (population of approximately 1.22 million), over the last 20 years or so, discussion on pros and cons of PAS legalization continued. In the spring of 2017, the legislation went up and the Senate passed the overwhelming majority, but the House of Representatives abandoned the committee deliberation stage as "lack of deliberation time" and it has been dismissed.

Already in the States, Oregon, Washington, Vermond and California have special legislation, and Montana State legislates PAS with the aid of the state constitution. It will come into force on January 1, 2019. Japan wishes a sincere discussion.


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