Monday, March 4, 2019

Patient Protections Are Mere Window Dressing to Lull the Public Into Accepting Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA

Nevada's pending euthanasia bill, S.B. 165, sets forth patient protections in sections 3 through 29, described as “safeguards, procedures, written requirements and reporting functions.”[1] The bill also repeatedly says that actions are to be done in “accordance” with the provisions of sections 3 through 29.[2] For example, the bill states:
Death resulting from a patient self-administering a controlled substance that is designed to end his or her life in accordance with the provisions of sections 3 to 29, inclusive, of this act does not constitute suicide or homicide. (Emphasis added).[3]
The bill does not define accordance.[4] Dictionary definitions include “in the spirit of,” meaning "in thought or intention."[5] A mere thought or intent to comply with patient protections is good enough.

More to the point, compliance with patient protections is not required; the protections are unenforceable; they are mere window dressing to lull the public into accepting assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Without actual patient protections, the bill must be rejected.


[1]  S.B. 165, Section 11.4. ,
[2]  Id., Sections 1.3, 25.1, 26.2, 33.2, 34.4, 38.1, 38.2, 39.1, 39.2.
[3]  Id., Section 25.1.
[4]  See SB 165 in its entirety.
[5]  See here and here.

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