Virginians deserve the full range of options for care at the end of life – including medical aid in dying, which allows terminally ill adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully.
In the 2022 legislative session, we got one step closer to making this a reality.
On January 12, 2022, longtime champion Delegate Kaye Kory introduced HB.1095: The Virginia Compassion & Choices Act and the Commonwealth completed impact statements. This is the third time Delegate Kory has filed end-of-life legislation following the 2018 study of medical aid in dying that Delegate Kory championed. HB.1095 was assigned to the House Committee on Courts for Justice and not assigned to a subcommittee. The bill did not move before crossover day on February 14 and will not advance.
On January 21, 2022, Senator Ghazala Hashmi introduced SB.668: The Virginia Death with Dignity Act and the Commonwealth completed the impact statement. The bill was reassigned to the Senate Committee on Education and Health, and a hearing was held on February 3. Compassion & Choices volunteers testified live (virtually) in support of the bill, and a number of other volunteers submitted statements of support. While the bill did not advance out of committee, we made incredible progress, as this is the first time a bill has been introduced in the Senate and the first time an end-of-life options bill has received a hearing in Virginia.
Virginia residents were recently polled about their support for this compassionate option. Regardless of their political affiliation, religion, age, race and other factors, seven out of 10 Virginians voiced their support. Learn more.
Tools and Resources
For Patients Access the Virginia Advance Directive
End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.
Los recursos en Español Los recursos en Español.
COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.
Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.