Assisted suicide bill introduced in the House
ST. PAUL — The lives of elderly and severely ill persons and people with disabilities would be threatened under a proposal to legalize assisted suicide introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives today. Because of the broad dangers of assisted suicide, the bill is strongly opposed by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), the state's oldest and largest pro-life organization. H.F. 1885, authored by Rep. Mike Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley, would overturn the state's longstanding prohibition against assisted suicide. A similar bill, S.F. 1572, was introduced in the Minnesota Senate on Monday. "Our law against assisted suicide has protected vulnerable people for many years," said MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau. "Minnesotans recognize that persons seeking help to kill themselves need immediate care, including medical and mental health care—not assisted suicide."