Friday, November 14, 2008

The Honolulu Star Bulletin newspaper editorial calls for Hawaii to become the third state to legalize assisted suicide.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin is suggesting that Hawaii should follow through on the recommendations by a blue-ribbon panel in 1998 that had advised the then Gov. Ben Cayetano to legalize assisted suicide in Hawaii.

Since then their were several attempts to legalize assisted suicide in their state.

In 2002, a bill resembling the “Oregon law” was approved in the Hawaii House but defeated by 3 votes in the Senate.

In last year’s Legislature a bill to legalize assisted suicide was rejected by a 6 - 1 vote by the House Health Committee.

Even though the current chair of the House Health committee Rep. Dr. Josh Green, led the opposition to assisted suicide last year, the Honolulu Star is still proposing that Hawaii be the next state to legalize assisted suicide.

We think they are wrong.

Link to the editorial in the Honolulu Star Bulletin:
http://www.starbulletin.com/editorials/20081112_Legislators_should_reconsider_Death_with_Dignity_proposal.html

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