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Assisted Suicide Loses in Hawaii

Mass legalization of assisted suicide is not inevitable.

Now, after losing recently in New Mexico, add Hawaii to the “not inevitable” list. From the HawaiiNewsNow.com story:

A lack of specifics in the current draft of the controversial ‘Death with Dignity’ bill is partially the reason some lawmakers decided to table the issue.

Lawmakers table controversial ‘death with dignity’ bill following intense debate House Health Committee chair Della Au Bellati told a packed hearing the seven-member committee was killing the Medical Aid in Dying bill because it lacked specifics and didn’t do enough to balance the right to choose death with the need to protect vulnerable people.

“We’re concerned about safeguards, the record-keeping, the physician training to be able to do this prescribing for aid in dying,” Bellati said.

Faithful readers might recall I warned here at The Corner that the then draft Hawaii measure would be substantially lacking in safeguards, because, well assisted suicide boosters only promote safeguards to mask their more radical agenda of moving toward a broad assisted suicide/euthanasia license, as seen in Canada and overseas.

But sometimes, as the trite saying goes, in their zeal, they get over their skis. That appears to have been the case in Hawaii.

Repeat after me: “NOT inevitable!” Onward.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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