Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PA House and Senate Bills Would Allow Terminally Ill Patients to End Their Own Lives

(11/18/14) Brittany Maynard made headlines last month when the 29 year old, who is terminally ill, took her own life under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.  Two Pennsylvania legislators have now placed bills proposing a law similar to Oregon's.

Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) and Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks County) have both entered similar bills into the Senate and House respectively.

Leach originally entered the bill for the first time back in 2009 and has continued to reintroduce it until it makes it to the Senate floor.  Rep. Rozzi introduced his house bill on October 15th.   Both bills will not get a vote by the end of this legislative session but both plan to introduce them again in the next.

In the bills, patients require two doctors to certify that the patient has less than 6 months to live and the patient must request the medication themselves.

Some groups argue that these bills are immoral and is still suicide.  Supporters of the bills say, "It's not suicide".

How do you feel about such a bill?