As Diane Coleman sees it, the proposed bill has a number of faults. She is the president and CEO of Not Dead Yet.
“Assisted suicide is not only something that impacts that person but it affects the health care system itself – which [is] already pushing people out of the way,” she said.
She’s worried about the risks the legislation could come with. “Medical mistakes, the risk of coercion, the potential for abuse,” she explained.
She said assisted suicide lacks state oversight.
“It really is placing a great risk on people in society where one out of 10 elders are abused,” she said. “Our concern is about a public policy that immunizes doctors and other health providers as well as other participants in the person’s death.”
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