Status of Medical Aid in Dying

On May 2, 2023, HB140 (The Ron Silverio/Heather Block End-of-Life Options Act) was introduced. If passed, it would authorize medical aid in dying in Delaware. Rep. Paul Baumbach introduced it with a record-high 17 sponsors and cosponsors, including all members of Democratic legislative leadership. On April 18, 2024, the bill was passed by the Delaware House with a bipartisan 21-16 vote. On June 12, 2024 the bill advanced from the Senate Executive Committee and will now head to the Senate floor. Read more here.

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By a two-to-one margin, Delaware residents feel that allowing doctors to legally prescribe lethal drugs to help terminally ill patients end their own lives should be an end-of-life option in the state. Read the Delaware polling memo.

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