Assisted Suicide Victories
The past few months have seen numerous assisted suicide bills go down in defeat. The list of states that rejected assisted suicide include Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Utah, and Wisconsin. The following is a brief synopsis of these victories:
In Arizona, SB1136, the Arizona End-of-Life Decisions Act, stalled in the Arizona Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee (see hyperlinked Arizona Republic article for more details).
Per the Denver Post, HB1054, the End of Life Options Act, was pulled from consideration in Colorado’s House of Representatives in February 2016. The Colorado Senate’s companion bill failed in committee a few weeks before the House’s action.
According to the Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawaii’s assisted suicide bills, SB2373 and HB1255 (so – called “Death with Dignity”) were prevented from moving forward by committees in their respective chambers.
According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s proposed Death with Dignity bill, SF2051, failed to pass before the legislative session ended.
In Maryland, SB418, the Richard E. Israel and Roger “Pip” Moyer End-of-Life Option Act, was withdrawn by its sponsor, Senator Ronald Young, in early March (see WTOP article here for more details). Its companion House bill did not move forward after its committee hearing and died when the General Assembly session ended.
Per the StarTribune, the Minnesota Compassionate Care Act of 2015, SF 1880, was withdrawn by its sponsor, Senator Chris Eaton, in March 2016 after she determined that the bill “was not ready for a vote.”
In Nebraska, LB1056, the Patient Choice at End of Life Act, was indefinitely postponed on April 4, 2016.
In New Jersey, S382, the Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act, died in the New Jersey Senate without a floor vote (see hyperlinked article from the National Catholic Reporter for additional details).
As noted by Deseret News, HB264, the End of Life Options Act, was tabled by Utah lawmakers in February 2016; effectively ending any opportunity for passage of assisted suicide legislation for the time being.
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Despite the good news, assisted suicide legislation is still under consideration in D.C., and we need your help in ensuring that it does not make it through the Council of the District of Columbia. To help us prevent legalized assisted suicide in D.C., please consider taking a few additional steps.
First, get the facts on B21-0038, the Death with Dignity Act of 2015, here. Second, continue to stay informed by following No DC Suicide on Twitter and liking No DC Suicide on Facebook. Finally, send individual councilmembers notes of opposition, here.
Thank you for your diligence in opposing assisted suicide in the District of Columbia.