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Controversial assisted-suicide law goes into effect in Hawaii

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 14:02:56-05

Assisted suicide is now legal in Hawaii for patients with terminal illness.

The new law went into effect on Jan. 1. Hawaii is the 7th state to allow dying patients to take their own lives with the assistance of a physician. It is also legal in the District of Columbia.

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Even though it is now legal, not everyone is on board with the new legislation.

According to the Miami Herald, Hawaii Pacific Health and The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu said their pharmacies will not fill the prescriptions and hospitalized patients will not be able to take the necessary drugs in their facilities.

Hawaii's new law requires two health care providers to confirm a patient's terminal diagnosis.

Right-to-die laws are very controversial and the last time a law was considered in Nevada was 2017. The law was sponsored by Sen. David Parks. The state Senate approved the law but it did not pass the House.