Delaware could be unsafe for people with mental disabilities if a new proposal for assisted suicide passes the General Assembly.
Lawmakers tabled the measure as the previous session ended, largely because members were inundated with phone calls and emails. But it is being revived for a new session that starts in March.
Moira Sheridan of Delaware Right to Life says the proposal has the usual problems, including permitting lethal drugs in the home whether they are used or not.
Yet another problem, she says, is the cause of death will be listed as the terminal illness – not the lethal dose that takes the life before the illness does.
"So it's a perfect crime," she says, "and it covers up for anybody who may have questionable motives in wanting to have someone take drugs to kill themselves."
A recently attached amendment is rather scary, too, since it allows the mentally disabled to kill themselves.
"So how is that even possible," Sheridan asks, "when they can't make other health decisions for themselves without someone else acting in their stead?"