Delaware legislators and advocates for expanding end-of-life options have high hopes for a medical aid-in-dying bill introduced into its General Assembly.
Right-to-die advocates in Delaware hope its state has taken the first step in joining the ten others – along with the District of Columbia – where physician-assisted medical aid in dying is legal, as Rep. Paul Baumbach (D-Newark) introduced HB140 (the “Ron Silverio – Heather Block, Delaware End of Life Options Act”) into its general assembly on May 2. As Mark Fowser wrote for WDAL.com, although similar legislation has failed to advance to the governor’s desk in the past, Baumbach and grassroots activists continue to fight for terminally ill Delawareans. Read the full article below:
Medical assistance-in-dying legislation introduced in Del. General Assembly
Mark Fowser Published May 5, 2023 at 11:15 am
End-of-life options could expand in Delaware, for adults who are given a grim diagnosis.
A bill was introduced in the Delaware General Assembly this week, similar to legislation that was introduced and debated in previous sessions. The sponsor of House Bill 140, Representative Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, and grass-roots supporters said the bill contains other safeguards. Baumbach said it provides terminally ill Delawareans greater bodily autonomy, during their end of life journey, and perhaps some great comfort to know that medical aid in dying is available, whether they choose to act on that option or not.
Under the bill, if two healthcare providers diagnose a person who has a terminal condition as having six moths or less to live, and that person wants to end his or her suffering, medication to carry out that dying wish would be available.
The Ron Silverio – Heather Block, Delaware End of Life Options Act is named after two Delawareans who died in 2018 after what their acquaintances said was prolonged, and needless suffering.