Euthanasia: US State Legislative Defeats

March 13, 2016 in General

According to the US Patients Rights Action Fund, we may only be getting half of the story when it comes to voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. There have been numerous defeats of such legislation within many US state legislatures:

(i) An Arizona assisted suicide bill was defeated in the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee.

(ii) A Colorado assisted suicide bill failed in the Senate Committee and the Colorado Assembly didn’t take up that bill because it lacked support. Also the Colorado Title Board decided not to advance a second referendum ballot measure that to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.

(iii) An Hawaii assisted suicide bill was not heard by that state’s Senate committee.

(iv) In Iowa, the progress of an assisted suicide bill was halted within that state’s Senate sub-committee.

(v) In Maryland, one assisted suicide bill was withdrawn after the sponsor recognized that the bill was going to be defeated within its legislature.

(vi) However, in Nebraska, an assisted suicide bill was defeated after a tie vote in Committee.

(vii) A New Jersey assisted suicide bill was withdrawn when the sponsor realized that the bill did not have enough support within the state legislature.

(viii) In Utah (!!!), an assisted suicide bill was sent back to the rules committee.

It is noteworthy that in virtually all of these cases, the defeated legislative proposals were all marshalled within what are traditionally liberal US state legislatures. At present, physician assisted suicide is only legal in California, Oregon, Washington state, Vermont and Montana, despite the efforts made above.

Source: “Assisted suicide proponents kick off the year with defeats” Patients Right Action Fund: 03.03.2016: https://patientsrightsaction.org/assisted-suicide-proponents-kick-off-2016-with-rejections-in-md-nj-ia-ut-az-co/

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