During these difficult times, there have been many tough decisions that organizations and businesses have had to consider. For us in a Senate office this has meant adjusting and assisting our constituents more through email and phone, rather than in-person. Something else my staff and I have had to consider is when it is that we should start introducing the important legislation we were working on prior to the pandemic. After great consideration, we’ve decided to introduce one of the most meaningful pieces of legislation we’ve created, Senate Bill 1225 – the End of Life with Options Act.
Having control over our lives is a basic human need that does not end when we are diagnosed with a terminal illness. My bill would allow people in Pennsylvania with a terminal disease to request a prescription for medicine that would end their life in a humane and dignified manner. This legislation is based on an Oregon law that has been in effect for several years and was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. It is currently law in eight states and Washington, D.C.
This is one of the most personal aspects of a person’s life. So, we thought it was extremely important to reach out to those who have been personally and directly impacted by this issue. Many of them were kind and brave enough to share their personal stories with us.
Their stories are moving and impactful. Please take a few minutes to either listen to or read their stories personally. Here you can also find more detail about the bill itself.
I hope that you enjoy this month’s issue of The Blueprint. Please contact me if you have any questions and let us know via email at D17.Constituent@pasenate.com if there is a subject you would like us to cover in an upcoming Blueprint.