Faced with a terminal diagnosis, Minnesota residents deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life, including medical aid in dying. Medical aid in dying allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.

The Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options is a group of spiritual leaders who organize to promote understanding and acceptance of diverse spiritual beliefs related to end-of-life decisions. Learn more.

Volunteers are at the heart of Compassion & Choices advocacy, education and outreach efforts, paving the way for a full range of end-of-life options nationwide. Become a volunteer in Minnesota today.

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Polling

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.

Tools and Resources

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For Patients
Access the Minnesota Advance Directive

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.

End-of-Life Planning
Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.

 

advance care planning and resources in Spanish, espanol.

Los recursos en Español
Los recursos en Español.

 

answers to questions about COVID-19, including treatment and end of life.

COVID-19 Toolkit
Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.

 

tools for end of life planning and decision making.

Resources for Providers
Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.

 

History

2019

On September 11, 2019, the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee held and informational hearing on the Minnesota End-of-Life Option Act. Supporters came out in a major way, with over 120 people donning our signature yellow sitting in the hearing room.

On March 7, 2019, the End-of-Life Option Act, House File 2152, was introduced by Rep. Mike Freiberg. If passed, the bill would have authorized medical aid in dying in Minnesota, however, the legislative session adjourned on May 20, 2019.

2017-2018

The Minnesota End-of-Life Option Act (HF 1885) was introduced in the 2017-2018 biennium legislative session by Sen.Chris Eaton (DFL– chief author) and Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL – chief author). It was referred to the Health and Human Services Reform Committee.

Sen. Eaton and Rep. Mike Freiberg introduced the End-of-Life Option Act for 2017 (SF 1572,HF 1885) on March 1, 2017. Unfortunately, the bill was not heard during the 2017 legislative session.

2016

Minnesota’s Compassionate Care Act, modeled after Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, was heard in the Senate Health, Human Services & Housing Committee on March 16, 2016. After extensive testimony, including from Brittany Maynard’s husband, Dan Diaz, who traveled from California, the bill was withdrawn for this year. Senate author Sen. Chris Eaton pledged to reintroduce the legislation in 2017 and to continue educating the public and elected officials across the state about the need for the law.