Petition Against Assisted Suicide
HB140, Medical Aid in Dying Act, has a public hearing on Wednesday, January 19 at 11 a.m. PLEASE use the registration link to sign up and participate, limiting testimony to TWO minutes. We need to urge the House Committee and members to vote NO on assisted suicide in Delaware. Talking points are below
The bill is dangerous for several reasons:
THE FATAL FLAWS OF HB 140
The bill mandates that all patients seeking treatment for terminal illness be informed of the availability of lethal drugs as an option, regardless of the conscience concerns of medical professionals.
Doctors and/or APRNs could prescribe lethal overdoses to patients with a 6-month life expectancy with no account for incorrect diagnoses.
No medical personnel needs to be present when the drugs are taken. It would be impossible to know if the drugs were taken voluntarily or even knowingly.
Doctors and/or APRNs need not have a previous relationship with the patient but should be able to determine that the patient, who may have a new, serious diagnosis, is not depressed or being coerced by a third party. One of the written form witnesses may be a prospective heir.
The 6-month prognosis applies to persons with incurable but manageable chronic diseases who indicate they may stop routine therapies, such as insulin or heart failure medications.
Doctors and/or APRNs who do not wish to prescribe medicine to end life may face professional censure and would be obligated to participate by providing a referral to a doctor who will prescribe.
The cause of death on the death certificate must be listed as the underlying diagnosis, NOT overdose of lethal drugs, thereby creating medical fraud.
Numerous disabilities groups and hospice groups, as well as medical professionals are opposed to the bill.
For the bill's full text and to contact members of the House Health and Human Development Committee, go to https://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?LegislationId=79026. PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AS WELL AS YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE “NO” ON HB140 now, as progressive Democrats are using this time to garner support for the bill.
PROTEST THE NEW PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLINIC IN SEAFORD
Planned Parenthood of Delaware has opened a new surgical abortion clinic in Seaford and local pro-lifers are showing their opposition. Located at 800 Health Services Dr., it is sited to draw abortion-minded women from Sussex County as well as nearby Maryland. A weekly prayer vigil takes place on Thursday . Call Rebecca at 302-258-3550.
PRAC Patients’ Rights Action Fund—https://patientsrightsaction.org/
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition—https://www.epcc.ca/
Ask your legislators to SUPPORT Sen. Bryant Richardson’s pro-life bills that call for informed consent – SB 105 Women’s Right to Know Act, which allows a pregnant woman to see her ultrasound before an abortion. Link to the General Assembly: https://legis.delaware.gov/
Call and email your senators and representatives. A hand-written note is another good way to make your voice heard.
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