H 5468 (“Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act”) was reintroduced again in Rhode Island on February 15, 2017. At the request of the sponsor, the committee was postponed on March 13, 2017.
Text of H 5478
S 0224 also titled the “Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act”) was reintroduced in Rhode Island on February 2, 2017.
Text of S 0224
Neither bill passed in 2017.
H 7659 (the “Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act”) was reintroduced in Rhode Island. The bill would have permitted doctor-prescribed suicide.
It failed to pass by the legislative deadline.
Text of H 7659
Analysis of H 7650
On April 8, 2015, the RI House H.E.W. committee recommended that the measure be held for further study.
In previous years, six similar bills were introduced in the state. All failed.
Current Rhode Island law regarding assisted suicide:
An individual or licensed health care practitioner who with the purpose of assisting another person to commit suicide knowingly provides the physical means by which
another person commits or attempts to commit suicide;
Participates in a physical act by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide is guilty of a felony and upon conviction may be punished by imprisonment for up to ten years, by a fine of up to ten thousand dollars or both.
The attorney general is empowered to seek an injunction against any person violating the provisions of the law on assisted suicide. The person who has been assisted or counseled in an attempt to commit suicide, may seek an injunction against all future unlawful assisted suicides by the particular individual who assisted or attempted to assist the suicide.
A cause of action for injunctive relief under this section may be maintained by the attorney general against any individual or licensed health care practitioner who is reasonably believed to be about to violate or who is in the course of violating the law on assisted suicide.
(R.I. Gen. Laws §11-60-3 and R. I. Gen. Laws §11-60-5)