Legislation in Utah Needs Your Support
Adults with terminal illness should have the right to end their lives peacefully, in a dignified way, surrounded by family and loved ones
Write your State Representative and Senator to urge their support for death with dignity legislation!
Timeline of Death with Dignity in Utah
Utah bill receives hearing
Utah bill HB74 receives a public hearing in the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 15th.
HB93 is introduced by Utah State Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost. The bill does not advance.
Utah State Representative Jennifer Dailey-Provost introduces HB121, End of Life Options Act. The Rules Committee of the Utah House of Representatives votes not to allow the bill a committee hearing.
Early efforts in Utah
Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck sponsors an aid in dying bill in each of four legislative sessions:
- 2018: HB210, Utah End of Life Options Act
- 2017: HB76, End of Life Options Act is tabled in the Utah House Health and Human Services Committee on a 9 to 3 vote.
- 2016: HB 264, End of Life Options Act, is heard in the Utah House Health and Human Services Committee and referred for further study. The Health and Human Services Interim Committee hears the proposal but takes no further action.
- 2015: HB 391, Utah Death with Dignity Act is heard in the Utah House Health and Human Services Committee and sent for further study during an interim session. The 2015 session was the first time a death with dignity bill was considered in the Utah legislature.
Poll shows support for physician-assisted dying
A December 2015 UtahPolicy.com poll found that 58 percent of Utahns support physician-assisted dying legislation.
The poll found the only religious group opposed to death with dignity were members of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) who self-identified as “very active.” Those identifying as “somewhat active” favored the idea of a right-to-die law 79-16 percent, and “not active” favored 87-11 percent. Seventy-six percent of Catholics, 80 percent of Protestants, and 94 percent of non-religious people favored the idea.