Doctor-assisted suicide opponents in Minnesota see the signs of yet another attempt to gain legislative approval for the life-ending practice.
The issue of doctors helping patients take their own lives failed to gain approval in the legislature's last session. Moses Bratrud of Minnesota Family Council fought against the move then and still does so today.
"We believe that our pro-life ethic requires us to be pro-life for the whole life," he tells OneNewsNow. "We don't believe it's appropriate or ethical to end human life at any stage, and that's why we oppose physician-assisted suicide."
A legislative panel will hear testimony September 11 – an unusual move considering members will not be in session until next year and typically do not meet between sessions.
Bratrud points out that Minnesota has a reputation for good healthcare, thanks in part to the Mayo Clinic, but that reputation could be tarnished if doctor-assisted suicide is approved.
"We think we'd see patients going to other states for healthcare," the pro-lifer says. "We think we'd see a decrease in the trust that we currently see between physicians and patients, and we believe this legislation would be devastating for the elderly and for people with severe disabilities."
Since there will be an out-of-session hearing, Bratrud says this would be an excellent time for Minnesota residents to communicate their views and concerns.