Thursday, March 31, 2011

Idaho passes law to assure that seniors and other vulnerable people are protected from Assisted Suicide

Bill SB 1070, the bill that makes assisted suicide a felony in Idaho, passed is going to the Governor to be signed.

Last year, Compassion & Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society, organized a significant push to gain public support for legalizing assisted suicide in Idaho. In response to the push by the suicide lobby, on February 4, Senator Russ Fulcher introduced Senate Bill SB 1070 to clean-up the criminal code making assisted suicide a felony in Idaho.

On March 11, the Idaho Senate passed the bill by a vote of 31 to 2 and on March 27, the Idaho House passed the bill by a vote of 61 to 8.

This is a significant victory that was supported by the Idaho Medical Association. This amendment will ensure that Idaho citizens and elders are protected from assisted suicide.

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