One pro-lifer says an assisted suicide bill before the Wisconsin Legislature demonstrates that voters must be alert as they place politicians in office.
Proponents of doctor-assisted suicide have again introduced a bill to legalize the practice. Though it has little chance of success this session, Matt Sande, legislative director of Pro-life Wisconsin, says it is a scary piece of legislation for the state's physicians, as those who refuse to assist a patient's suicide on ethical or religious grounds could be forced out of the profession.
"So what that's saying is that if the doctor does not want to prescribe lethal medication – poison -- to their patients, and if they refuse to transfer to a physician who will, they can be charged with unprofessional conduct," Sande explains.
That could result in the revocation of their license.
Another confusing section of the bill "says that a request for lethal medication does not constitute attempted suicide and that taking the medication does not constitute suicide. So that's how schizophrenic these bills are," the pro-lifer reports.
The death certificate in such a case would show the cause of death to be the patient's underlying fatal illness, which did not actually cause the death.
Opponents to euthanasia are the majority in the legislature, but the vote could still swing to the left. With that in mind, Sande says the people of Wisconsin need to be careful with their votes and question the candidates beforehand.