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



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It is my solemn hope that in the near future, Wisconsinites facing imminent death, have an option to avoid pain and suffering by making a final and dignified choice—to spend their final moments with their loved ones in a manner and at a time of their choosing.

—Wisconsin State Representative Sondy Pope

 

History

Wisconsin has a long history of considering aid-in-dying bills.

2019-2020

A number of Wisconsin state legislators co-sponsored a pair of companion death with dignity bills, the Compassionate Choices Act. The bills were referred to each respective legislative chamber’s health committees, but did not advance.

SB 499, the Compassionate Choices Act

AB 552, the Compassionate Choices Act

2017-2018

Wisconsin State Representatives Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains), and 12 additional co-sponsors sponsored AB 216, the Compassionate Choices Act.

Introducing the bill, Representative Pope said, “[i]t is inhumane to force a person with a terminal illness to suffer needlessly. A compassionate society would allow them the choice to spend their last days where and with whomever they choose.”

A companion bill, SB 312, was introduced in the Assembly on June 23, 2017.

The bills failed to pass.

2015-2016

In March 2015, Senator Risser and Representatives Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Sondy Pope (D-Cross Plains) introduced companion Death with Dignity measures, AB 67 and SB 26, in the Senate and Assembly, respectively. The bills were carried over to 2016 and stalled in committee.

Pre-2015

The 2015-2016 session was the 8th time a death with dignity bill was introduced in the prior 20 years. No bill was heard in any of the previous seven attempts:

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Modeled on the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, an aid in dying law would allow qualified, terminally-ill adult residents of Wisconsin 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.