Florida End-of-Life Options Act (proposed)

The proposed Florida End-of-Life Options Act was designed to give terminally ill, mentally competent adults who have less than 6 months left to live, the right to decide for themselves  how to die in a gentle manner.

Our proposed legislation has strict requirements and safeguards to ensure that it is the personal decision of the individual.

Requirements to use this End-of-Life option.

  1. Must be an adult, diagnosed with a terminal illness, with a prognosis of less than 6 months to live.  This is the same requirement as Hospice.
  2. Must be mentally capable of making their own health care decisions.
  3. Must be physically able to self-ingest the medication.

Safeguards to protect against coercion and abuse.

  1. Two physicians confirm the diagnosis and prognosis, and that the patient meets the requirements of this law.
  2. If there is any concern about the mental capability requirement, the physician will contact a mental health professional for an evaluation.
  3. The patient must request a prescription from their physician two times.  The first is orally, and then there is a 15 day waiting period.  The second request is orally and then submitted in writing, with two independent witnesses ensuring that the patient is not being influenced by a 3rd party, and is not under any pressure to continue.
  4. The patient may change their mind at any time, even after receiving the medication.
  5. All physicians and healthcare professionals may choose not to participate, their decision is completely voluntary. They may opt out at any time.
  6. This law protects the patient’s access to all feasible healthcare options.

As of November 6, 2022, we have a Senator willing to sponsor our legislation if we also get a sponsor in the House of Representatives.  In order for our bill to progress, it must have a sponsor in both the Senate and House.  Currently we have some co-sponsors in the House, and are spending time educating other legislators with the goal of finding a sponsor.  The legislative session begins in March 2023, but it is critical to get a sponsor as soon as possible.  If you would like to help, please contact us.  We have templates for you to use in contacting legislators. Thank you!

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