Sen. Breene Harimoto, D, Pearl City, Aiea, Halawa, has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

He made the announcement Thursday on the Senate floor at the State Capitol as he cast his vote against “Our Care, Our Choice,” Hawaii’s medical-aid-in-dying bill.

“I’d like to share that I was not supposed to be here today. Last week, I was diagnosed with cancer in my lung, and I was scheduled to begin chemo yesterday, which meant that I would be out of commission for several days,” he said. “I thank God for giving me this unexpected opportunity to be here today to speak on this bill and cast my no vote. I pray that should this bill become law, we can all put our differences aside and come together to move Hawaii forward toward a shared vision of the future for the sake of our children and our grandchildren.”

This is Harimoto’s second battle with cancer. 

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just last year, and went into remission after undergoing chemotherapy.

The Senate ultimately passed “Our Care, Our Choice” in a 23-2 vote. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

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