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The Arkansas State Legislature is not considering an aid in dying bill at this time.



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For the first time in Arkansas history, the state legislature considered a death with dignity bill. The bill did not advance.


One of the early states to address end-of-life options through legislation, Arkansas’ Act 879, the Arkansas Death with Dignity Act, largely focused on legalizing living wills and a patient’s right to refuse extraordinary measures. But the Act also contained the following language: “every person shall have the right to die with dignity.”

This decades-old foundation could be built on with the right combination of advocates and brave legislators.

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The Arkansas State Legislature did not advance a death with dignity bill this session. Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the bill would allow qualified adult residents of Arkansas with a terminal illness to legally obtain a prescription from their physician for medications to end their life peacefully, in a dignified way, at the place and time of their choosing.