Monday, March 28, 2011
Ban in Idaho
"David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life told LifeNews.com, “No opposing testimony was presented at the hearing. During the Senate deliberations, the Idaho ACLU testified against the bill. Supporting testimony was provided by Cornerstone Institute, Right to Life, the Idaho Medical Association and attorney Bob Aldridge.”
“This is a tremendous victory for the pro-Life movement in Idaho. Such overwhelming votes should make it clear to the death lobby that they are not welcome in our beloved state,” he added.
The House voted overwhelmingly to send a bill banning helping somebody else commit suicide to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for signature.
Monday's 61-8 vote came after brief debate on the chamber's floor.
Republican Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise argued that outlawing assisted suicide was necessary to help prevent abuse of elderly residents by their caregivers who are seeking to profit from their patients' demise.
Luker says this bill, which foresees penalties of five years in prison for violations, protects "all concerned."
Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne complained this is inappropriate government intervention in a private decision.
Burgoyne says, "My life is mine. It's mine for me to decide when and how it should end. It's not the business of the government to tell me when and how I should end it."