The year 2009 amounted to a very good year against assisted suicide in the USA.  Despite the Washington initiative and a Montana judge’s activist legalization of assisted suicide, all legislative attempts in several states to legalize assisted suicide were blocked.  The latest example is in New Hampshire where a committee recommended strongly against the legalization plan then pending.  From the story:

A bill to legalize assisted suicide in New Hampshire lost key backing Tuesday from a legislative committee when both supporters and opponents joined forces to reject it. The House Judiciary Committee voted 14-3 against the bill that would let terminally ill patients over age 18 obtain lethal prescriptions, with safeguards to prevent abuses. Supporters of assisted suicide said the bill was flawed and teamed up with opponents to vote against recommending the measure to the full House. The committee has been working on the bill since September. The House votes on the recommendation in January. If the chamber accepts the committee recommendation, legislative rules make it nearly impossible for the issue to be brought up again next year.

Good news, indeed.  Onward to block the agenda even more forcefully in 2010, and then—eventually—to reverse the few states that have heretofore swallowed the Hemlock.

Articles by Wesley J. Smith

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