The “End of Life Options For Persons With A Terminal Illness Act” would have allowed patients with a diagnosis of less than six months to live the option to take life-ending medication. Two physicians would need to approve the medicine, and the patient would need to be mentally competent to make the decision and self-administer the drug. Despite efforts to address issues raised about last year’s unsuccessful version of this legislation, and despite its having passed from the Judiciary Committee after 11 hours of testimony, State Representative Joann Ginal and I were forced to ask that the bill to be laid over–essentially killing it–because we simply did not have the requisite votes to pass. But we are getting closer! If I am honored to be elected to the State Senate, End of Life Options will be the first bill I introduce.
The “Death with Dignity Act” allows individuals with a terminal illness to request, and self-administer life-ending medication from a physician under certain conditions. Lost in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.
- Posted by Lois Court
- On February 25, 2016