Legislation would make it illegal to force health care entity to euthanize

State lawmakers sent legislation Tuesday to Gov. Doug Ducey that proponents say will give additional protection to medical professionals and hospitals from having to help people die.

SB 1439, approved by the House on a 32-24 margin, spells out it is illegal to discriminate against any health care entity because it does not provide or facilitate in providing any service that results in the death of the individual. That includes assisted suicide, euthanasia and mercy killing.

The Senate already has approved the identical language.

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