Minnesota

Status of Medical Aid in Dying

Thanks to the persistence of thousands of advocates, the Minnesota End-of-Life Option Act (SF1813/HF1930) moved farther this year than ever before, passing successfully through four House committees and was poised for passage on the House floor. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Senate did not advance the bill due to opposition from two DFL Senators, putting a majority vote out of reach. Although we did not prevail this year, awareness and support are higher than ever. We appreciate and commend Rep. Freiberg and the lawmakers who advanced HF 1930. We plan to build on this momentum in the future. On behalf of terminally ill Minnesotans, we’ll be back in 2025.

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Polling Data

By a three-to-one margin, Minnesotans 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. See more polling data.

Minnesota residents support medical aid in dying by a 3 to 1 margin, according to the Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner Research Survey, Aug.29-Sept. 1, 2016

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End-of-Life Options Act Passed by House Commerce Committee
March 18, 2024

Bill Continues its Historic Momentum, Advocates Push for Floor Votes  The End-of-Life Options Act passed through another committee Monday when the Minnesota House Commerce Committee voted to approve it. The proposed legislation next moves to the Ways and Means Committee, its last stop in the House committee process. The House Health Finance and Policy Committee’s…

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End-of-Life Options Act Gains Momentum With Passing Vote From House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee
March 8, 2024

Terminally ill Minnesotans are one step closer to the end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying after the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee voted to pass the End-of-Life Options Act Thursday. The proposed legislation now moves to the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Committee for their consideration, likely next week. The vote came…

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Statement from Compassion & Choices Action Network Minnesota regarding today’s House committee vote in favor of the End-of-Life Options Act
January 30, 2024

Today, the Minnesota House of Representatives Health Finance and Policy Committee voted in favor of House File 1930, the Minnesota End-of-Life Options Act. This is the first time this legislation has been voted on at the Minnesota legislature following nearly a decade of work by advocates. The following is a statement from Rebecca Thoman, M.D.,…

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Star Tribune: “Bodily autonomy should apply at life’s end, too”
January 27, 2024

An excerpt from Compassion & Choices volunteer Tara Guy, whose Op-Ed was featured in Minnesota’s Star Tribune. You can read the full story here (subscription required): “The right to make decisions about your own health care seems like it would be a foundation of our society. Unfortunately, patient autonomy is too often infringed upon from the church to…

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Storyteller Spotlight: Carrie Framsted
July 27, 2021

Marathon runner, ski racer and beloved middle-school teacher Monica Schliep was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in June 2019. She was only 55 years old. Immediately she and her wife, Carrie Framsted, pursued any treatment that might afford them more time together. Monica tried chemo and had good results at first. “But cancer tends…

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What a week:
March 5, 2021

  This week, we saw some incredible victories: In Montana, on Monday, we struck down an egregious attempt to criminalize doctors for relieving their patients’ unbearable pain. In New Mexico, in partnership with the New Mexico End of Life Options Coalition, we’ve cleared legislation that would authorize medical aid in dying through the House. On Monday, it…

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