Thursday, April 5, 2018

Assisted suicide push gains little ground in state legislatures

Alex Schadenberg
This article was published by OneNewsNow on April 5, 2018.

Supporters of assisted suicide are having little luck this year in convincing lawmakers to pass bills to legalize helping others die.

Bills failed in 26 states in 2017 and this year they have been introduced in 25 states.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says so far Connecticut, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and New Hampshire have said no to the assisted suicide lobby.

"Utah actually passed a bill this year which criminalizes assisted suicide," he notes. "So opponents are leading in the effort to educate the public and lawmakers on the dangers of doctors helping people take their lives."

But the "success rate" for defeating pro-killing bills is not a complete victory this year, he adds, pointing out that Hawaii has passed an assisted suicide bill.

"Nonetheless," Schadenberg says, "the other side will want you to think that it's this massive victory in the U.S. in 2018."

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