End of Life Options / Death with Dignity Act
The Delaware Nurses Association is collecting input from Delaware Nurses related to their professional views on an end of life option commonly referred to as Death with Dignity. Oregon was the first state to enact this legislation in 1997. It has been widely discussed among the healthcare and public communities since.
Delaware policy makers have attempted to introduce this legislation in Delaware. Representative Paul S. Baumbach has spearheaded these efforts. The Delaware Nurses Association would like to hear from our members.
Information on the Death with Dignity act (aka "The Ron Silverio/Heather Block End of Life Options Law")
- House Bill 140, An Act to Amend Title 16 of the Delaware Code Relating to End of Life Options. Legislation introduced into the 150th Delaware General Assembly, May 2019, not acted upon.
- Compassion & Choices Death with Dignity Act in Delaware, Bill Summary
- American Nurses Association Position Statement, The Nurse's Role When a Patient Requests Medical Aid in Dying.
- International Council of Nurses Position Statement, Nurses' Role in Providing Care to Dying Patients and Their Families.
- Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association Position Statement, Physician Assisted Suicide/Physician Assisted Death.
- Death with Dignity National Center.
- WHYY (PBS & NPR) Story, Medication Assisted Suicide gets Broad Support in Delaware Poll.
- Delaware Online Opinion, Control over timing, manner of death is not, nor should it be, goal of medicine.
- Delaware State News, Backers tout strong Delaware support for assisted suicide.