Idaho Sends Assisted Suicide Ban to Governor

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on March 28, 2011

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC

Bueno! The Idaho Legislature has overwhelmingly passed legislation to explicitly outlaw assisted suicide in the state. From the story:

The Idaho House has concurred with the Senate and voted to ban assisted suicide in Idaho. The measure, Senate Bill 1070, passed the House 61-8. It now heads to Gov. Butch Otter’s desk for consideration. Idaho hasn’t necessarily had a problem with assisted-suicide in recent history, but one of the sponsors of the bill, Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, said the measure will help ward off attempts to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Idaho.

A little inside baseball: For reasons I won’t get into, there was a strong suspicion that assisted suicide advocates would try to pull a Montana in Idaho. Hence, the explicit ban. If the governor signs the bill, they can’t. I assume this will soon be law.

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