Welcome New Subscribers!
By Dwight Moore, PhD, Chair of Arizona End of Life Options
Arizona End of Life Options (AZELO) is a grassroots volunteer coalition, organized to gain passage of a state medical aid in dying (MAID) law in Arizona.
We have two fundamental goals:
1) Educate the Arizona public about Medical Aid in Dying, and
2) Pass the law so that terminally ill Arizonans might die with dignity.
We have many new subscribers to this newsletter and our volunteer base is growing. As a result, we thought a "State of the Union" article would catch new folks up on our activities and allow our loyal readers to contemplate increasing their activities during this critical election time and then into the January session of the legislature.
Our polling indicates that 60% of Arizonans support medical aid in dying and only 13% oppose it. Our challenge is to inform the other 27% who do not know about the law or where they stand. State-wide, a majority of all groups of gender, age, political party, political ideology (e.g. liberal, conservative, and independent), ethnicity, major religions, education level, income level, and geographic areas of the state support medical aid in dying. Read the 2022 Arizona Poll Results Here
Despite this overwheming support from the public, we have not been able to get a hearing on the bills we have submitted to the legislature (via the Health and Human Services Committee), in the years we have attempted it. We intend to revise the bill language slightly and submit the new bill into the January, 2023 legislative process. You can Read the Summary of last year's Bill Here
We have identified 42 candidates who are running for election on November 8th that support MAID. See table below this article to see if one of them is running in your legislative district. They would appreciate your support. We are also reaching out to other legislators who either don't support the law or who don't know much about it. This outreach will continue through January.
After the election, we will work with AZELO volunteers to ask their Arizona lawmakers in the State Senate and State House to support passage of the MAID law.
In order to meet our two goals, we have organized the state into 30 Action Teams (one per legislative district). These teams are sent an "action alert" each month to further our goals. October's action alert, for example, was to thank our supporters in the legislature (via email or phone) and to offer factual information about MAID to the others. Currently we have 400 action team members and we seek to increase that number. The next three months will be critical in influencing the passage of this law.
In summary, welcome to the effort to pass a MAID law in Arizona. If you haven't already, please join your Legislative District Action Team (see the squawking bird below)!