On May 29, 2018, Portugal’s parliament rejected a bill that would have legalized euthanasia. Prior to the vote, hundreds of people protested in front of the parliament building, carrying placards, including "Euthanasia is a recipe for elder abuse."
This prompted Nancy Elliott, Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, to make the following statement:
Margaret Dore, an experienced attorney specialising in elder law in Washington State, where assisted suicide is legal, has urged Victorian MPs “to reject the proposed bill seeking to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia.”
Her analysis of the purported "Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017," which would legalise euthanasia as well as assisted suicide, can be read in full here.
Early this morning, Margaret Dore, President of Choice is an Illusion, a nonprofit corporation opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia, spoke with Sputnik News Radio (Russian govt. owned) about Canada's new euthanasia law, as well as the current situation in the US.
This is a belated thank you to Representative Marcus Oshiro, one of the many people instrumental to the defeat of SB 1129, which had sought to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in Hawaii.
Representative Oshiro took the lead to make stopping the bill one of his main goals for the legislative session. From my viewpoint, he was a major reason we won in what was also a great team effort. Choice is an Illusion got him a plaque in appreciation.
In April, I was honored to be one of four speakers at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. The event was a panel discussion regarding legislation seeking to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in Minnesota.
I arrived at the event with a legal analysis and other materials addressing problems with the legislation. For example and contrary to backers’ claims, patient voluntariness is not assured.
I started to hand out my materials. Proponents of the legislation, however, objected and a law student organizer backed them up to prevent distribution.