Nevada End of Life Options Act Advances to the Senate Floor

May 16, 2022

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Compassion & Choices Action Network and advocates today praised legislators in the Assembly Health & Human Services Committee for finishing their work and approving the End of Life Options Act, SB 239, on a 3-2 vote Tuesday afternoon. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Edgar Flores (D-Las Vegas) and 18 other sponsors, now moves to the Senate Floor.

The compassionate bill would allow mentally capable, terminally ill Nevada adults with six months or less to live the option to request and receive a prescription for medication that they could decide to take to die peacefully. voted Tuesday  The bill introduced before the Health & Human Services Committee on March 14.

The passing of the bill brought tears to the eyes of Lynda Brooks Bracey, a 56-year-old Las Vegas mother of four, living with pancreatic cancer to try to slow the cancer’s growth and reduce the symptoms. She recently recorded a video for Compassion & Choices Action Network to urge lawmakers in Nevada and throughout the country to pass state laws that give terminally ill adults the legal option of medical aid in dying to gently end unbearable suffering. To view the video, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_egyWfHX3BU

Lynda Brooks Bracey urges legislators to pass the End of LIfe Options Act during a news conference in Las Vegas.

Lynda was not expected to live past the Christmas holidays when she recorded the video.

“Nothing could make me happier than receiving this news today,” said Lynda. “Knowing our legislators are listening is the right step for Nevadians. I have no desire to die at this time, but when the time comes, all Nevadans should have the option to decide how they die. SB 239 allows such a compassionate option.”

In February 2021, Lynda, was enjoying a skiing trip with her husband when she complained of abdominal pain.  A CT scan, a medical imaging technique used to obtain detailed internal images of the body, confirmed the cause was advanced pancreatic cancer.

“This [wanting the option of medical aid in dying to gently end my suffering if it becomes intolerable] isn’t about giving up,” she says. “This is about doing everything you can until there is nothing else left to do.”

Hanna Olivas, a 48-year-old Las Vegas mother living with a rare form of incurable blood cancer, said:

“It’s been a long and hard journey and we need this in Nevada,” she said. “None of us want to die, we all want to live; however, a terminal diagnosis has changed that for us. We need a compassionate way to go out on our own terms when the time comes.”

Nearly three out of four (73%) Nevada voters support medical aid in dying legislation, across the ethnic, political and religious spectrum. Support for this legislation is diverse: 73% of Hispanics/Latinos, 76% of African Americans, 67% of Catholics, 67% of non-denominational Christians, 74% of other religions favor a medical aid-in-dying measure, according to a poll conducted in February 2021 by Public Policy Polling.

Eleven jurisdictions have authorized medical aid in dying, including 10 states, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana (via state Supreme Court ruling), New Mexico, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C. Collectively, these 11 jurisdictions represent one out of five U.S. residents (22%) and have decades of combined experience successfully implementing this medical practice, starting with Oregon in 1997.

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