ST. PAUL, March 16 — An effort to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota appears to be dead after the bill’s author withdrew her legislation this afternoon. More than two hours of public testimony on S.F. 1880 included 17 physicians, nurses, attorneys and members of the disability community who warned of the grave dangers assisted suicide poses to vulnerable members of society. At the end of the hearing, lead author Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, withdrew the bill before committee members could vote. A vote would very likely have killed the bill.
More than 100 people opposed to the bill attended its first hearing, wearing red “No assisted suicide” stickers. Minnesotans Against Assisted Suicide (MNAAS) and many of its supporters submitted written testimony to the Senate Health, Human Services and Housing committee, which took up the bill. The bill has not been heard in the House.
Medical professionals offered compelling arguments in favor of compassion and care for those facing illness and disability.
Sen. Eaton’s withdrawal of the legislation is a victory for those with disabilities and serious illnesses, the elderly and all those who care for them.
From a MNAAS news release