Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Hampshire assisted suicide Bill HB 1325 overwhelmingly defeated

Nancy Elliott
Nancy Elliott, a Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International board member and a former three term New Hampshire state representative led the campaign to defeat assisted suicide bill HB1325 in New Hampshire. 

Nancy Elliott posted the following message on her facebook page:
Some of you may have heard by now that HB 1325 for Assisted Suicide was killed 219 to 66, by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. It went down in flames. This was the last of three bills and the most direct one promoting Assisted Suicide. We will continue to be protected from Assisted Suicide in New Hampshire for this session. 
I want to thank all who helped defeat Assisted Suicide in this state, you are the best! I would also like to thank the Representatives who helped us, especially Representative Lennette Peterson and Representative Dan McGuire, who spoke in favor of killing this bill on the house floor.
This is the third time an assisted suicide bill was defeated in New Hampshire since 2010. On March 16, 2011 HB 513 was defeated by a vote of 234 to 99. On January 13, 2010 HB 304 was defeated by a vote of 242 to 113.

Nancy Elliott closely followed HB 1325 from its introduction. She made sure that HB 1325 was fully analysed. 

HB 1325 was overwhelmingly defeated because the talking points were based on the actual language of the bill and because everyone was encouraged to write letters to the representatives, not just people from New Hampshire.

Thank you to Seattle Attorney Margaret Dore, the leader of Choice is an Illusion, who helped to develop effective talking points based on the language of the bill. Thank you to Not Dead Yet and the disability groups for effectively opposing this dangerous bill.

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