Assisted suicide legislation has been attempted over 100 times in the past 20 years but is only legal in 3 states. Legislators and voters alike know assisted suicide is bad for healthcare.
Six-month “terminal” prognoses are arbitrary. Very often patients outlive that prediction and sometimes overcome their illnesses completely.
Legalizing suicide for the terminally ill and disabled, while offering anti-suicide resources for the rest of the population, teaches that the lives of the ill and disabled do not matter to our society.
Suicide requests are most often a result of depression or mental illness, in people with terminal illness the same as the rest of the population.
There is no requirement that anyone be with the patient at the time the medication is taken. Sometimes, the medication leads to complications, pain, severe discomfort, or does not result in death.
SB 128 does not require that a patient inform family members of the request for overdose medication to commit suicide.
There must be two witnesses to a patient’s request for overdose medication for suicide. One can be an heir and one can be a representative of the nursing home or medical care provider. There is no safeguard against coercion.
Overdose amounts of medication can arrive at a patient’s home through the mail with no safeguard as to who accepts the package or whether the ill or disabled person ingests the medication through his or her own will or is given it by someone else.