Federal - H Con Res 80

House Resolution on Dangers of Assisted Suicide

Introduced

September 26, 2017

Description

This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that assisted suicide “puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of the health care system.” Bill text and more information here.

Our Position

Support

Commentary

On Sep. 17, 2017, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), along with Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD), Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL), Rep. James Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) introduced H. Con. Res. 80, expressing the sense of Congress that legalizing physician-assisted suicide puts the most vulnerable of our society at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of America’s healthcare system. They issued the following joint statement:

“Protecting the vulnerable and providing quality care for all patients are cornerstones of any good healthcare system. Included in that is providing comfort and care for those facing the heart-wrenching challenges of dealing with a potentially terminal illness. In some cases, this commitment to fighting for the best care – even in the face of the most deadly diseases – can result in new and innovative cures, offering the chance of recovery for both the patient and for others suffering in the future. In other cases, it is simply a question of offering end-of-life comfort and support.

"Physician-assisted suicide, however, does the opposite. It undermines a key safeguard that protects our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and people experiencing psychiatric diagnoses. Americans deserve better.

"We will continue to defend every human being’s inherent dignity, and work to ensure patients facing the end of their lives have access to the best quality and most comprehensive medical care possible, including palliative, in-home, or hospice care, tailored to their individual needs. When governments support, encourage, or facilitate suicide – whether assisted by physicians or others – we devalue our fellow citizens, our fellow human beings. That should not be who we are."

Bill text and more information here.

Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 13

Latest Actions See More/Less

  • Nov. 6, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Wagner, (R-Mo.)
  • Nov. 2, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cartwright, (D-Pa.)
  • Oct. 16, 2017 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Peterson, (D-Minn.)Smith, C. (R-N.J.)
  • Sept. 26, 2017 — Original cosponsor(s): 9

    Abraham, (R-La.)LaHood, (R-Ill.)Rothfus, (R-Pa.)
    Correa, (D-Calif.)Langevin, (D-R.I.)Suozzi, (D-N.Y.)
    Harris, A. (R-Md.)Lipinski, (D-Ill.)Vargas, (D-Calif.)
  • Sept. 26, 2017 — Read twice and referred to: House Energy and Commerce.Congressional Record p. H7533

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