Pro-assisted suicide bill fails in MS

Thursday, April 6, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

euthanasia 1A proposal to legalize assisted suicide didn't get much traction in Mississippi. 

Mississippi state Senators Debbie Dawkins and Robert Jackson sponsored a bill that if passed would have allowed people under certain circumstances to ask a doctor to provide a lethal prescription to end their lives.

Barbara Whitehead of Mississippi Right to Life says the state's residents understand that life is precious from the womb to natural death. 

“We just do not believe that this is a good place for the state to go,” Whitehead tells OneNewsNow. “It would be better to give people help with alleviating pain and with depression that might come when someone has an illness or whatever.” 

She says patients need better palliative care rather than a prescription for death.

The Dawkins-Jackson bill made little progress in the legislative process because of efforts by pro-life legislators, and Whitehead adds that MRL remains alert to the future efforts of those who would promote physician-assisted suicide in Mississippi. 

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