The media is so in the tank for legalizing assisted suicide that casual observers might think the political current favoring legalization is so strong it can no longer be resisted.
I have been hearing that meme since 1994, when Oregon passed Measure 16. In the intervening 22 years, hundreds of state legislative efforts to legalize doctor-prescribed death have failed and voters rejected as many legalization schemes as they passed (by my count, 3-3).
Now, Ohio is pushing back hard by criminalizing assisted suicide. From the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition briefing:
Ohio has become the Fifth State in the past few years to strengthen protections in law from assisted suicide.
The Ohio Senate voted on House Bill 470, a bill that would make assisting a suicide a felony in Ohio on Thursday December 8. HB 470 had previously passed in the Ohio House last May by a vote of 92 – 5.
The Senate vote was unanimous, by the way.
So, while assisted suicide advocacy is certainly energized, there is also a significant, robust, and often successful pushback movement that media barely mention.