Assisted Suicide Hearing Monday Feb 25 @ 3PM
Nevada Right to Life, along with our Nevadans Against Assisted Suicide Partners, opposes Doctor Assisted Suicide for many reasons, some of which are noted below.
Senator David Parks has introduced an Oregon-styled Doctor Assisted Suicide bill, SB165 that would turn doctors into killers Please take action by coming to the hearing, sending an email or making a phone call to our legislators asking them to oppose it, and/or registering your opinion online.
Polling in many states initially shows overwhelming support for doctor prescribed suicide until people learn more about it. Between January 1994 and the end of January 2019, there have been 269 legislative proposals in more than 39 states and the District of Columbia. Yet, over and over again, bills were either defeated, tabled for the session, withdrawn by sponsors, or languished with no action taken.
When broad coalitions of people rise up, it can be defeated. We need your voices!
EMAIL: Send a quick, respectful email to each of the senators on Health and Human Services Committee. Subject line “vote no on SB165.” Refer to background below for ideas to include.
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Register your opposition to this deadly bill at the legislative poll site. Go to Go to Select a Bill, choose SB165 and say “No on SB165” or some other message. (See background below for ideas).
Nevada Right to Life opposes SB165, Doctor Assisted Suicide for several reasons. Check out The Patient Rights Council’s Analysis of SB165 http://www.patientsrightscouncil.org/site/analysis-2019-nevada-doctor-prescribed-suicide-bill-sb-165-february-19-2019/
We’ve included the following bullet points. Read the article for deeper explanation of the bullet points.
Under SB 165:
• Doctor-prescribed suicide would become a “medical treatment.” If the Nevada bill is approved, will health insurance programs do the right thing – or the cheap thing?
• Under SB 165, the most marginalized individuals – poor, hardworking people – would be in particular danger.
• An individual with a controllable medical condition could be considered to have a terminal condition, making him or her eligible for doctor-prescribed suicide.
• Why is the definition of “terminal condition” so broad?
• Severely depressed or mentally ill patients could receive doctor-prescribed suicide, without having any form of counseling or mental examination.
• “Doctor shopping” could take place until a health care professional can be found to declare that the patient is qualified for the lethal prescription.
• Family members or health care providers and others could advise, suggest, encourage or exert subtle pressure on vulnerable individuals to request doctor-prescribed suicide.
• The written request for doctor-prescribed suicide could be witnessed by someone who would gain financially from the patient’s death.
• A person who would benefit financially from the person’s death could pick up and deliver the lethal prescription to the patient.
• Individuals could request doctor-prescribed suicide based on the fear of being a burden to others.
• Patients would have no protection once the assisted-suicide prescription is filled.
• Why aren’t there any safeguards at the most important part of the process – at the time the patient takes the drugs that will cause death?
• The death certificate would not reflect the actual cause of death.