Senate Bill 5919
Amends the current assisted suicide laws to make sure the patient has been given ALL feasible alternatives before they choose suicide. Specifically, this bill emphasizes that the physician will discuss treatments for extending the patient’s life and treatments that would cure the disease.
The bill matters because some people who are “terminal” (predicted to have less than six months to live) for the purpose of the death with dignity act may actually have years, even decades, to live. This is true for at least two reasons:
- Doctors can be wrong about a patient’s diagnosis or prognosis; there are always some people who beat the odds.
- The six months to live determination is made without treatment. With treatment patients can recover.
With some “terminal” patients actually having years to live, patients deserve the right to know of their options for cure, or to extend life. Like everyone, they deserve the right to know. Otherwise, it would be the doctor making the decision, not the patient.
2015 REGULAR SESSION
February 10: First reading, referred to the Senate Law & Justice committee
February 12: Public Hearing in the Senate Law & Justice committee
February 18: Executive actoin taken in the Senate Law & Justice committee
February 19: LAW – Majority; do pass
February 26: Made eligible to be placed on second reading
March 3: Placed on second reading by the Senate Rules Committee
March 4: Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading
HOU SEThird reading, passed; yeas, 34; nays, 14; excused, 1
March 6: First reading, referred to House Health Care & Wellness Committee
March 20: Public hearing in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee