Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 8:37 a.m.
BATON ROUGE --
The House unanimously backed a proposal Monday to strengthen Louisiana’s ban on
euthanasia and assisted suicide.
House Bill 1086 by Rep. Alan Seabaugh,
R-Shreveport, would spell out that someone authorized to approve medical
procedures for another person may not approve any procedure that would be
considered assisted suicide. That prohibition also would be extended to include
surgical or medical treatment for the developmentally disabled or nursing home
residents who may be unable to make their own medical
Louisiana already has a prohibition in criminal law against
euthanasia and assisted suicide. But Seabaugh said he wanted to make sure it was
clear in the state’s medical consent law.