NH Death with Dignity Bill Introduced in 2020: HB1659

HB1659, relative to patient directed care and patient’s rights with regard to end-of-life decisions, has been introduced by Rep. Catt Sandler for the 2020 legislative session. 

The first hearing before the House Judiciary Committee was held February 12, 2020.  The bill was turned over to a study committee by a vote of 11 to 6. Shortly afterward, Covid-19 changed the landscape as our lawmakers shifted focus to public safety.

Meanwhile, support for a death with dignity law in New Hampshire grows.

Contact your lawmakers  to share your views about death with dignity. There are several ways to go about contacting your state legislator:

Send them a letter or email outlining why you support medical aid in dying and why you want them to advocate for it as well.

Call your legislator and talk with them on the phone, or request a meeting to discuss the issue.

Find a town hall meeting or other event where your legislators are present and approach them in an appropriate way, e.g. ask a question or simply tell them your name, that you are from their district, and that you support death with dignity as an end-of-life option.

Find your lawmaker here.