The "Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act," bills H.R. 1676 and S. 693, were proposed in 2017 and viewed as noncontroversial. In July 2018, H.R. 1676 passed the House. The bill was then received in the Senate and transferred to the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which was also considering S. 693.
A week later, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) issued a portfolio highly critical of the Medicare hospice benefit. This alerted Dore to some of the bills' problems.
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.