03 May Delaware lawmaker reintroduces assisted-suicide bill
A Delaware lawmaker has reintroduced legislation allowing doctor-assisted suicide.
Democratic Rep. Paul Baumbach of Newark admitted Tuesday that he does not expect to win passage of the legislation, which was tabled in committee two years ago, but wants to continue to shine light on the issue.
The legislation allows an adult diagnosed with a terminal illness and expected to die within six months to request prescription medicine to end his or her life. A consulting physician would have to confirm the attending doctor’s diagnosis.
The patient would have to make both oral and written requests and would have to wait at least 15 days after the initial request before receiving the drugs.