The head of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says proponents of assisted suicide continue to prove that passing assisted suicide laws is just how they get their foot in the door toward expanding the practice.
Though Hawaii's assisted suicide law is only a year old, members of the state legislature are being pressured to eliminate its restrictions. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow only 27 people took advantage of the law last year.
"What's most interesting about the media perspective on it is they're presenting as too few [deaths]," Schadenberg relays. "The whole media presentation I've seen on the Hawaii issue is the law is too tight and we need more deaths rather than recognizing it was 27 deaths and this is a tragedy."
Oregon has changed its waiting period, and now Hawaii wants to alter its 20-day waiting period, partially because "too many" people are dying from their medical condition during that time. But Schadenberg contends the wait is vital.
"The fact is that we are talking about an irreversible decision," he points out. "You're dead once you take the drugs; therefore, the waiting period's very important. But what the other side is saying is that they would like for there to be more deaths, and the number of deaths in Oregon by assisted suicide is not enough. This is their whole orientation."
So he submits that getting the laws passed is just the beginning, while the actual intent is to then work to ban the restrictions on assisted suicide and increase the categories of people who are qualified for assisted dying.