Wednesday afternoon Rep. Dan Douglas (R - Bentonville) filed H.B. 1536 to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas.
Shortly after it was filed, a palliative care physician I am friends with texted me, saying this bill is "worse than terrible." I agree with him.
In one way or another, H.B. 1536 may be worse than any of the other physician-assisted suicide laws passed in America to date.
This bill lets doctors prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients.
Unlike some assisted suicide proposals, H.B. 1536 doesn't require the patient to be referred to a mental health expert before being given the suicide drugs.
Christian hospitals, hospices, and healthcare facilities cannot stop doctors who work for them from prescribing suicide drugs to patients under this bill.
In other states, suicide laws like this one have made it possible for elderly, ill, or vulnerable individuals to be euthanized against their will. H.B. 1536 does not contain safeguards to prevent that from happening in Arkansas, if passed.
This bad bill fundamentally disrespects the sanctity of human life. From conception until natural death, human life is sacred. We do not eliminate suffering by eliminating people who are suffering.
Please encourage your state representative and your state senator to oppose H.B. 1536 by Rep. Dan Douglas, the bill allowing physician-assisted suicide in Arkansas.
Even if your state legislators are very pro-life, please let them hear from you. The Arkansas Legislature needs to know that Arkansans strongly oppose this bill.
You can leave a message for your state representative by calling the Arkansas House switchboard during normal business hours at (501) 682-6211.
After you contact your state representative, please contact your state senator as well.
You can leave a message for your state senator by calling the Arkansas Senate switchboard during normal business hours at (501) 682-2902.
Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions or if there's anything we can do for you.
Jerry Cox is President of Family Council
2-20-19 10:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG