Hawaii Senate Shuns Doctor-Assisted Suicide Bill

HONOLULU, Hawaii, MAY 3, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Hawaii Senate rejected a House-approved bill to have the state join Oregon as the only states allowing physician-assisted suicides.

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A bill to legalize assisted suicide failed Thursday on a 14-11 vote after three state senators changed their votes.

Governor Ben Cayetano, who supported the bill, pushed for the Senate vote after a federal judge upheld Oregon´s physician-assisted suicide law last month, the model for Hawaii´s bill.

The measure would have allowed competent, terminally ill adults to obtain a deadly dose of prescription drugs from a doctor to end their lives.

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