North Star State tiptoeing near slippery slope

Friday, February 26, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IV bag with doctor in backgroundMinnesota is gearing up to fight new effort to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.

State law currently prohibits assisted suicide, but a bill based on an Oregon law that Paul Stark of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says has proven to have serious shortfalls has been introduced to the Minnesota Senate.

"After the lethal drug has been dispensed, there are no safeguards to guard against pressure or coercion or abuse, and insurers can have a financial incentive to steer people toward assisted suicide when that's an option, which is less expensive, rather than more expensive life-extending care," Stark cites.

The bill, S.F. 1352, is authored by Democrat Senators Chris Eaton and John Marty, and according to LifeNews.com, it includes a number of dangers. For one thing, it does not require a psychological evaluation, which means a patient could be suffering from treatable depression rather than the effects of a disease.

All things considered, Stark is not surprised that the legislation has failed several sessions in a row.

"However, we need to be vigilant, because Minnesota has been on the map for them as a place where they want to move this forward," he adds. "We can't take anything for granted, and we need to be strong in our opposition."

Like with similar measures in other states and countries, this bill begins the descent down a slippery slope where more and more categories of patients are added to the list of those who qualify for doctor-assisted suicide, such as children and anyone with mental problems.

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