Two battles, in two states, show suicide's slippery slope at work

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

euthanasia 1Vermont is attempting to loosen its state laws and make legal suicide even easier, and a long-time critic of the practice says no one should be surprised.

The legislation that became law in 2013, which was already controversial at the time, required a diagnosis of six months or less to live and required consultation with two doctors, but state lawmakers are now trying to undo those standards. The new push is for a death-by-phone-call law in which lethal drugs are delivered to your mailbox.

Mary Beerworth of Vermont Right to Life tells One News Now that opponents of the 2013 law were assured “over and over again” that state lawmakers supported safeguards that would protect the elderly from coercion and abuse.

“And so, as we kind of expected, they're back,” Beerworth says. “And they want to eliminate the safeguards for those very people they assured us would have no worries under this law.”

Some state lawmakers in Washington, meanwhile, attempted to loosen that state’s assisted suicide laws, too, but the proposal failed when its backers failed to find enough votes for passage.

IV bag with doctor in backgroundEsther Ripplinger of Human Life of Washington says lawmakers wanted to drop a 15-day waiting period to only three days.

“Even that could be waived,” Ripplinger says, “so it allows a same-day death, really, for any reason.”

Back in Vermont, Beerworth says the state already has a higher suicide rate among the general population and a teen suicide rate that is a “disgrace” to the state.

“And yet what an example we've set for those young people, who are in despair and considering ending their lives,” Beerworth observes, “when we promote making a phone call and getting a lethal dose delivered to your home."

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