Assisted-death crowd is still at it

Monday, April 26, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

euthanasia 1And organization that calls assisted suicide bills "dangerous and discriminatory" asserts the movement to see such measures on the books is still very much alive.

As Vermont is attempting to loosen its state laws and make legal suicide even easier, Matt Valliere of the Patients Rights Action Fund recalls that 26 state legislatures were considering assisted-death measures at one point in recent years, and a few of those survived. He says proponents of such measures have since gotten more strategic.

"We've defeated bills across the country to either legalize or expand assisted suicide this year already [in] Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, North Dakota, [and] Washington state, where they were trying to do an expansion bill," Valliere reports.

The movement has been especially persistent in Connecticut, where life-ending bills have been introduced annually since 2013.

Valliere

"There's still a handful of bills across the country that are still active [in] Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, and there are a few expansion bills on the table as well in California, Hawaii, and Vermont," Valliere continues.

A finance committee is to look over the Nevada measure perhaps this week and try to vote it to the chamber floors for debate and then a vote. Meanwhile, right-to-life groups continue to draw attention to and push back against the slippery slope that is at work.

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