This morning the House Public Health Committee soundly rejected a proposal that would have legalized physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas.
This is really good news!
H.B. 1536 legalizing physician-assisted suicide has been widely discussed in Arkansas for weeks, and a lot of testimony was offered in the committee meeting when the bill came up this morning.
In the end, not a single state representative who was present for the meeting today supported the bill.
This was a deeply flawed bill. It fundamentally disrespected the sanctity of innocent human life. Arkansans understood that and have made it that they overwhelmingly oppose physician-assisted suicide.
Hats off to everyone who contacted their state legislators and helped defeat H.B. 1536 — including the 123 ministers and church leaders who signed an open letter to the Arkansas Legislature opposing this bill!
On Wednesday Rep. Dan Douglas (R – Bentonville) filed H.B. 1536 effectively legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas.
This bad bill lets doctors prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.
Unlike some assisted suicide proposals, H.B. 1536 doesn’t require the patient to be referred to a counselor before being given the suicide drugs.
Under H.B. 1536, Christian hospitals, hospices, and healthcare facilities would not be able to stop doctors who work for them from prescribing suicide drugs to their patients.
In other states, laws like this one have made it possible for elderly, ill, or vulnerable individuals to be euthanized. H.B. 1536 does not contain safeguards to prevent that from happening in Arkansas.
This bad bill fundamentally disrespects the sanctity of innocent human life.
Please encourage your state representative and your state senator to oppose H.B. 1536 by Rep. Dan Douglas, the bill allowing physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas.
You can leave a message for your state representative by calling the Arkansas House switchboard during normal business hours at (501) 682-6211.
You can leave a message for your state senator by calling the Arkansas Senate switchboard during normal business hours at (501) 682-2902.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide have become so acceptable in Europe than 25% of deaths in Netherlands are now caused by doctors. The same problem could be coming to the U.S.