New law in Hawaii allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives

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Hawaii became the seventh state or jurisdiction to allow terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs on Jan. 1.

Under the Our Care, Our Choice Act, adult residents with less than six months to live can get a prescription for life-ending medication.

We applaud @GovHawaii for signing the #OurCareOurChoice Act into law. Congratulations to Hawaii, the seventh jurisdiction to adopt a #DeathwithDignity statute! #aidindying— Death with Dignity (@DeathwDignity) April 5, 2018

The Hawai’i Department of Health has provided a guide to physicians and patients on their website on the process. 

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