Her bill is co-sponsored by eight fellow representatives, all Democrats, and is currently being read for the second time in the state House of Representatives.
Over in Indiana, an “End of life options” bill (HB1074) would allow the terminally-ill “who meet certain requirements” to request a lethal dose of medication.
The bill, introduced by state Rep. Matt Pierce (D-District 61), would also ensure that insurance companies cannot deny benefit payouts to beneficiaries in the event of one’s physician-assisted suicide.
In Iowa, SF212 allows for physician-assisted suicide but refers to it as “an additional palliative care option” for those who are terminally ill, for their “autonomy.”
Pope Francis in 2015 addressed the topic of “palliative care” in his remarks to an assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Pope Francis said that palliative care “values the person,” and that medical knowledge must be used for “the good of man, a good which is never accomplished ‘against’ the life and dignity of man
Kansas legislators are considering the “Enacting the Kansas death with dignity” bill, which would “allow certain terminally ill adults to request and receive life-ending medication.” The bill is currently in the Committee on Health and Human Services.
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A bill titled the “Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life-Options Act” is currently in New Mexico’s House Judiciary Committee. The bill is named after Elizabeth Whitefield, a judge who was an advocate for assisted suicide; the legislation has been introduced numerous times in the state and has failed to become law.
New York has a pair of bills currently being debated, one to legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill adults, and the other to create a study on “medical aid in dying” should the practice be legalized.
North Dakota is also considering a bill to legalize assisted suicide, which is currently being considered in committee.