Members of the House:
I am a lawyer in Washington State where assisted suicide is legal. I urge you to oppose SB 426, which establishes a commission to study "end-of-life choices," a euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia for people who are not necessarily dying anytime soon. Bills legalizing these practices, in the fine print, do not assure choice; they are uniformly stacked against the patient. "Eligible" patients may have years, even decades, to live. (not end of life).
Specific Objections to SB 426:
1. The New Hampshire House has already extensively studied assisted suicide/euthanasia, and rejected it.
2. Given the bill's deceptive language, the proposed commission will promote assisted suicide and euthanasia without being clear as to what's being discussed, and for whom it's being discussed (non-dying people). The deceptiveness alone is bad public policy.
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
For more information about assisted suicide and euthanasia, please see my press release regarding a recent Rhode Island proposal: https://choiceisanillusion.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/press-release-03-22-161.pdf
For more detailed information, please go here: https://choiceisanillusion.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/rhode-island-memo-03-21-16.pdf and here: https://choiceisanillusion.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/rhode-island-attachments-03-21-16.pdf
Thank you for your consideration,
Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA
Law Offices of Margaret K. Dore, P.S.
Choice is an Illusion, a nonprofit corporation
1001 4th Avenue, Suite 4400
Seattle, WA 98154