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CARSON CITY, Nev. — In a vote of 3-2 along party lines, a Senate committee in Nevada has approved a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state, sending the legislation now on to the full Senate for consideration.
Senate Bill 165, filed by Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, would allow terminally ill patients to request a lethal prescription from their doctor in order to hasten their death.
“A person who suffers from a terminal condition should have the right to determine whether to fight for his or her life using all reasonable care until life’s end, to enroll in hospice care, to seek palliative care, to ingest a drug to end his or her life or to take any combination of those actions,” an introduction to the bill outlines.
“Patients with terminal conditions who have suffered prolonged and unbearable pain as well as the loss of physical control at the end of their lives deserve the right to a peaceful and dignified death,” it asserts.
The legislation defines a terminal illness as “an incurable and irreversible condition that cannot be cured or modified by any known current medical therapy or treatment and which will, in the opinion of the attending physician, result in death within 6 months.”
Adults ages 18 and up who have been diagnosed with a terminal condition and who wish to end the battle against their disease would be required to issue two verbal requests to their doctor at
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