Assisted-suicide ban strengthened
A bid to strengthen Louisiana’s ban on euthanasia is headed to the governor’s desk after receiving final legislative passage.
The state prohibits euthanasia and assisted suicide. House Bill 1086 by Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, will add the prohibition to the state’s medical-consent law.
Seabaugh’s proposal will spell out that someone authorized to approve medical procedures for another person may not approve any procedure that would be considered assisted suicide. That prohibition will extend to include medical treatment for nursing home residents unable to make their own decisions.
Gov. Bobby Jindal supports the bill.