Hawaii Becomes the Sixth State to Legalize Doctor Assisted Suicide


(LifeSiteNews) – On Thursday, the governor of Hawaii signed legislation making it the sixth state to allow doctor-assisted suicide.

To the delight of assisted suicide activists, Democratic Gov. David Ige signed HB 2739 into law, saying it’s “time for terminally ill, mentally competent Hawaii residents who are suffering to make their own end-of-life choices with dignity, grace and peace.”

Effective January 1, 2019, Hawaii will be the sixth state to fully allow the practice. California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, Washington state, and the District of Columbia legalized assisted suicide legislatively or via voter initiatives. In Montana, the state Supreme Court ruled that state law did not expressly prohibit it.

Ige claimed that the legislation was crafted to ensure patients could not kill themselves without thinking it through, and to prevent physicians from forcing the decision on a patient. CONTINUE