No Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Utah
Elder abuse… neglect… financial exploitation… murder of older adults, sick children and the elderly.
Lack of information. The proposed bill claims patients have the right to an ‘informed decision,’ but the provider of information is only required to present one side of the argument. If they feel suicide is best for the patient, they won’t present alternatives, such as information on a cure or ways extend life.
No oversight. After the lethal dose is issued by the pharmacy, there is no oversight. The doctor prescribing the dose nor medical staff are required to be present at the death.
The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have said they oppose the legislation:
- "We don't think the state, as a matter of public policy, should be encouraging anyone to commit an act of suicide," said Jean Hill, the Catholic Diocese's government liaison.
- "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life, and is therefore opposed to euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as deliberately putting to death a person who is suffering from an incurable condition or disease. Such a deliberate act ends life immediately through, for example, frequently-termed assisted suicide. Ending a life in such a manner is a violation of the commandments of God," an LDS Church spokesman said.
We must ask Utah legislators to reject HB 264. There are better options which are not being explored. Tell Utah to reject HB 264 and support legislation that promotes improvement in the quality and availability of hospice, palliative care, and effective methods of controlling pain and suffering.
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Petition to: Utah Speaker Gregory H. Hughes