By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
I have always said that the Oregon assisted suicide law was not only designed to extend suicide by physicians to other states but also to remove limitations on who could be “assisted” to die.
The assisted suicide lobby controlled the law and maintained the lie that there were no problems with the law. I knew that eventually they would decided to expand the provisions of the law.
Recently, the leader of Compassion and Choices (C & CP), formerly the Hemlock Society, outlined their commitment to eliminate provisions in the assisted suicide laws.
This year, the assisted suicide lobby is proposing Brittany’s Bill in the Oregon legislature. I have not seen the particulars but the website from the assisted suicide lobby group states:
Brittany’s Bill is a new bill that will be introduced in the 2019 Oregon Legislative Session. Its purpose is to expand the current Death with Dignity Law. The end result will be to change the eligibility of people who can take advantage of this choice. Currently, only patients diagnosed with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months are eligible. Brittany’s Bill will expand the eligibility to any patient with an incurable disease or experiencing unbearable pain.
An article by Bruce Yelle, the director of the lobby group, end-of-life choices, published in the Register-Guard states:
In the upcoming 2019 Oregon Legislative session there will be bills, including one called Brittany’s Bill, introduced in both the Senate and House health committees to expand Oregonians’ end-of-life choices.
In the article Yelle makes reference to people:
- who have become incompetent and therefore cannot access assisted suicide;
- who do not meet the six month prognosis requirement, a provision that is fatally flawed already.
Expansive assisted suicide bills that lack clear definitions are the new normal. For instance that New Mexico assisted suicide bill is the most radical bill that I have ever seen.
A new era in the assisted suicide debate in America has begun.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.