Thursday, April 14, 2011

Good Piece Supporting Idaho's Criminalization Of Assisted Suicide

Here's a good piece by my friend and colleague Bill Saunders supporting Idaho’s recent criminalizing of assisted sucide.
Idaho Assisted Suicide Ban Helps Elderly, Disabled, Patients
During the ongoing debate over the federal budget, abortion policy has taken front and center stage.  While this development is positive for the battle to protect new life, developments in the law to protect life at its twilight have largely gone noticed.
Nonetheless, an event of great significance occurred on Tuesday, April 5th, when Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a bill to prohibit assisted suicide in Idaho.   Idaho joined 36 states that have statutorily criminalized assisted suicide.  While assisted suicide had previously been a “common law” crime in Idaho, pro-assisted suicide organizations recently launched an effort in the state to garner acceptance for “aid in dying,” a euphemism for physician-assisted suicide. more

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