Washington’s medical practitioners have both a moral and professional obligation to provide life-saving services to patients across the state, so any practice(s) that hasten death rather than save life should never be on the table.
Even so, the unfortunate reality that Washington is one of nine states in our country to have legalized euthanasia by way of a “Death with Dignity” Act remains a startling reminder of America’s ever-growing embrace of a culture of death rather than life.
And now, some members of the State Legislature want to take things even further: The State House of Representatives just approved new bill (HB 1141) to increase access to physician-assisted suicide at a dangerous rate.
A vote on the Senate floor is imminent, and we need your voice to stop this dangerous expansion of Washington’s already devastating “Death with Dignity” law!
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If passed by the Senate, HB 1141 would make it easier than for medical practitioners here in Washington to administer lethal medication to terminally ill patients rather than providing them with proper care, be it life-saving or palliative.
Among the bill’s provisions are:
- Reducing the waiting period between the two required requests for life-ending medication from 15 days to 72 hours
- Amending the definition of a “qualified medical provider” under the current law, allowing for lethal doses of medication to be dispensed also by nurse practitioners and physician assistants
- Broadening the scope of who can provide counseling services/evaluations to determine whether a patient is of sound mind to request life-ending medicine from psychiatrists and psychologists to social workers, mental health counselors, etc.
As mentioned prior, the bill has already passed the Washington House of Representatives, and, if passed by the Washington State Senate, will be headed to the desk of Democrat Governor Jay Inslee, who is likely to sign it into law.
It goes without saying that “Aid in Dying” laws like the one already on Washington’s books are normalizing a culture of death rather than life in the United States, and we already find ourselves on a slippery slope in terms of some states’ full-out embrace of euthanasia as it is.
But if HB 1141 were to follow, a new standard would be set for how low physician-assisted suicide laws can go, and may very well serve as a springboard for other states with similar laws to make it even easier to access these lethal drugs.
Our legislators should be focused on expanding accessibility to mental health care and end-of-life palliative care, not physician-assisted suicide.
Washington’s leaders must raise their standards, not lower them, and stand up for life, once and for all, NOW.
Please take a few minutes to contact your State Senator and request that they oppose HB 1141 if and when it comes before them for a vote.
It’s already far too easy for Washington’s medical practitioners to euthanize the very same patients they're supposed to be caring for, and this irresponsible bill will make it even easier by weakening the standards and requirements set in the original, already dangerous law.
Our leaders must stand strongly against any legislation that further advances an American culture of death here in Washington, and rejecting HB 1141 would be a small but meaningful step in a different direction for our state.
Thank you for helping deliver this message to them.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Read the full text of HB 1141 HERE: https://legiscan.com/WA/bill/HB1141/2021
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