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Friday, January 17, 2020

'Death with Dignity' Bill Proposed in Indiana

IndianaIndiana Democratic Representative Matt Pierce out of Bloomington has presented a bill that would terminally ill patients with 6 months or less to live the option to die on their own terms. But this is not the first year that he has done it. He has proposed the bill every year since 2016 - the year a popular blogger from Indiana passed away after a 2 year battle with ovarian cancer.

Pierce says that the bill is modeled after the current bill in Oregon. The patient must request the medication twice, in writing, with a 15-day waiting period between the requests, plus be subject to psychological evaluations to determine that they are mentally competent.

"Why can't I have some control over my own dignity and my own body? Why can't an individual have that option if they want to exercise it," Pierce said. He also commented that some Republican colleagues are afraid to talk about the topic because it is controversial and may not sit well with social conservatives that believe that any type of assisted suicide is morally wrong.

See Jennie Runevitch, 'Death with Dignity' Bill Proposed in Indiana, WTHR.com, January 16, 2020.


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