ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL SCHEDULED FOR FINAL READING IN SENATE!
From Hawaii Family Forum, March 28, 2018
The Capitol Website just posted a notice that a ONE DAY NOTICE has been given for the final vote on HB2739 HD1. The Senate Chambers will have HB2739 HD1 on the agenda (we have no idea where it will be on the agenda) when session opens tomorrow, March 29, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.
If you would like to hear the Senate floor speeches on this issue, please come down to the Capitol by 11:30 a.m. and wear your blue shirts. We do have a few extra for those that need one. Come see me outside of the Senate Chambers if you would like one.
ACTION: If you have not done so, please email your Senator and ask them to vote no on HB2739 HD1 (assisted suicide) on third reading. If the bill passes, it will go right to the Governor for signature.
See you at the Capitol!
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‘Death with dignity’ is still suicide
SA: …The recent discussions regarding the House Bill 2739, the so-called Our Care, Our Choice Act, tout autonomy. Yet I find it ironic that the act of taking one’s life, which people have been doing quite autonomously for thousands of years, is now only to be sanctioned if one has the permission of one’s “health” care provider, the state Legislature and the governor.
My wonder at this apparent contradiction is compounded when I think of how, until now, we have prided ourselves on helping people not take their own lives. We have suicide prevention programs and hotlines, and have always considered suicide a tragedy that wreaks havoc on so many survivors who feel grief and frustration that they were not able to prevent this “autonomous” decision from being made….
If this door to choosing death is opened, will insurance companies and health care facilities continue to provide very expensive but ingenious treatments, developed over generations by scientists, technicians, and medical personnel? Or will the “bottom line” lead them to refuse these expensive treatments because the patient has the choice of a much quicker and less expensive death?
Will medical personnel or pharmacists be forced to provide a lethal drug against their consciences because the patient has lawfully insisted upon having it? In other words, the “auto” in “autonomous” would easily become a cancer that would inflict us all.
read … ‘Death with dignity’ is still suicide