Virginia bill to allow physician-assisted suicide sparks discourse

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 10:03:16-05

Opponents of assisted suicide held a press conference Wednesday to disavow legislation that would allow patients with terminal illnesses to request a life-ending substance from a physician.

Supporters of the proposal say the choice to end one’s own life is a human right, while speakers at the event said allowing the practice would be unethical.

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The bill, sponsored by Virginia Del. Kaye Kory would allow adults with terminal conditions that will result in death within six months to request from a health care provider a self-administered, controlled substance for the purpose of ending the patient’s life.