Iowa Lawmakers Introduce Right-To-Die Bill


13 Feb

DES MOINES, Iowa -  Iowa lawmakers introduced a right-to-die bill on Tuesday.

They say the bill would allow terminally ill Iowans with six months or less to live to have the right to ask for help ending their life.

Nine states and the District of Columbia have already passed similar laws. In Iowa, the bill is called "The End of Life Options Act." 

Some doctors say assisted suicide goes against the code of medical ethics, while others support a patients right to choose.

It would allow terminally ill Iowans with six months or less to live to have the right to die. Patients could ask doctors for medication that would allow them to die peacefully in their sleep.

The legislation is modeled after Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act," which has been in use for 20 years.



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