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Delaware’s “death with dignity” bill tabled

by | Jun 9, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Delaware State Rep. Paul Baumbach (D-Newark)

Delaware State Rep. Paul Baumbach (D-Newark)

Last week a proposal in Delaware to legalize physician-assisted suicide ran into a buzz saw of opposition in the House Health & Human Development Committee, prompting the sponsor to table his so-called “death with dignity” legislation.

Rep. Paul Baumbach (D-Newark) said he requested that lawmakers keep the legislation in committee.

“We knew when we filed the bill that we did not yet have a critical mass of support, but what we also knew was that the bill and the issue needs to be heard…,” he said, according to Jon Offredo of The News Journal. “I’m hopeful that we will continue to learn about this issue and see whether, and how, we wish to proceed.”

Baumbach told reporters he has plans to introduce a bill that would establish a task force “exploring end of life treatment and choices in Delaware.”

“Hopefully over the next six months we’ll have public meetings to learn more and hear more from each other and find best practices across the country,” he added.

With one exception, those who testified in the 45-minute-long hearing last Wednesday were staunchly against the proposal which was modeled “partially” on Oregon’s assisted suicide law.

One legislator, state Rep. Joe Miro (R-Pike Creek Valley) said, “Every day, we’re seeing new advances in medicine and what may not be cured today may be cured tomorrow.” He added, according to Offredo, that “he will never support the bill at any stage of the legislative process.”

Categories: Assisted Suicide