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Will Tennessee Become a Destination for Physician-Assisted Suicide?

by | Jun 8, 2015

tennesseeOn Tuesday, June 9, members of the state Senate Health Committee will hear testimony on a bill seeking to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Tennessee. Seeking to strip safeguards for the elderly, poor, sick, and disabled, the 154-word proposal would allow the following:

  • A doctor to prescribe a massive overdose of drugs for a person 18 years of age or older to end his or her life;
  • Patients to request and receive doctor-prescribed suicide immediately upon being diagnosed with a “terminal condition” even if such condition might otherwise allow a person to live for many years;
  • Family members, health care providers and others to advise, suggest, or coerce vulnerable individuals to request physician-assisted suicide;
  • Government bureaucrats and profit-driven health insurance programs to cut costs by denying payment for treatment that patients need and want, while approving payment for less costly assisted-suicide deaths.

Senate Bill 1362 by Sen. Reginald Tate (D-Memphis) and House Bill 1040 by Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley) would radically change Tennessee’s policies and protections for end-of-life care.

Please contact members of the Tennessee Senate Health Committee and urge that they protect the weak and vulnerable by preserving Tennessee’s prohibition against assisting suicide.

Tuesday’s meeting is open to the public and will be held at 1 p.m. (CDT) in Room 12 of Legislative Plaza.

Categories: Assisted Suicide