Minn. Senate examines end of life bill

Senate examines end of life bill

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(ABC 6 News) – A Minnesota Senate committee will explore a bill that would allow terminally ill Minnesotans end of life options.

The bill would allow terminally ill adults with a prognosis of six months or less to live the option to end their lives with medical assistance, under certain circumstances.

Opponents say they’re concerned the bill would have unintended consequences, wanting to see more resources put towards palliative care.

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“When we move toward offering death as a solution to problems we turn our back on the most vulnerable and lose our incentive to solve the root cause of that cry,” said Cathey Blaeser, the co-executive director of the anti-abortion group MN Citizens Concerned for Life. “Instead of improving palliative and hospice care, Minnesota will simply provide a deadly cocktail.”

Under the bill, no person (patients, doctors or health-care facilities) would be required to participate.