Bill allowing dying patients to end life advances to Senate

HONOLULU — The Hawaii House has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

The House’s action on Tuesday sends the measure to the Senate, which last year overwhelmingly approved a similar bill.

The proposal would allow physicians to prescribe medication to a terminally ill, but mentally-capable patient with less than six months to live.

The patient must be able to take the medication themselves and would be required to undergo a mental health consultation.

Supporters say the bill has some of the strongest safeguards in the nation, but critics say they want more to improve enforcement and prevent abuse.

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