Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tucson Supports 'Death With Dignity,' Urges Legislature to Legalize It in AZ

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The City of Tucson has joined the "death with dignity" movement, and is asking the Arizona Legislature to craft a state law that will allow terminally ill adults to decide when and how they will die. 

In a "memorial" the council members unanimously passed Tuesday night, they ask lawmakers to consider enacting a statute similar to Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, and allow for terminally ill adults in Arizona to request for prescription medication that will end their lives in "a humane and dignified way."

The document will be presented to the state Senate president and the state House speaker as soon as possible.

"I want to commend you for your compassion in leadership in [supporting] the aid in dying, also known as death with dignity, memorial. You are not only leading the state in this but you are also helping to lead the country," Sharon Rock told the council tonight. She is one of the Bisbee residents behind an aid in dying ordinance Bisbee passed in September. The city was the first municipality in Arizona to officially get on board with the movement, but Tucson is the largest city in the state to recognize it.

The memorial says "death with dignity" should not be categorized as manslaughter, or other similar crimes.

A May 2015 Gallup poll  says nearly 70 percent of Americans are OK with "death with dignity" laws. 

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