New Hampshire's assisted suicide bill, HB 1325, has been defeated! In a 219-66 vote, New Hampshire legislators resoundingly rejected assisted suicide in their state. Many thanks go to John Kelly of Not Dead Yet and other Disability Rights activists who testified against the bill, changed minds and swayed votes.
Vermont Senate President John Campbell sees the inherent dangers in Vermont's assisted suicide law and says he'd support repeal. The law is opposed by Disability Rights organizations and various medical professional coalitions.
"The [assisted suicide] law fails to address several issues, including immunity for nurses and pharmacists."
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In a stunningly horrific move, Belgium's Senate legalized child euthanasia/assisted suicide last week prompting immediate responses by pediatricians, pediatric organizations and pediatric palliative care groups throughout the world.
Compassion & Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society and the organization pushing assisted suicide legislation in U.S. states like New Mexico, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, has been conspicuously silent despite a wave of consternation throughout the media. The only American media outlet to date to give voice in support of euthanizing children is the LA Times who ran two opinion editorials praising Belgium while referring to those in opposition as "paranoid" and "death squeamish."
Read more: Physicians are Healers – Not Killers