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Anti-assisted suicide bill introduced

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — State lawmakers have opened the door to an end-of-life debate this session with legislation to ban assisted suicide in Idaho. Republican Sen. Russ Fulcher introduced a bill Friday that would make it a felony to assist in the suicide, or attempted suicide, of another person. The Fulcher bill, introduced in the Senate State Affairs Committee, says there is a national effort under way to create a "right" to assisted suicide for people who are dying and his bill aims to keep that movement from encroaching upon Idaho, which is already surrounded by states that allow some form of assisted suicide. Idaho doesn't currently have a statute that makes assisted suicide a crime, according to an opinion from the state attorney general's office in September. Fulcher says 30 other states have banned "aid-in-dying" or assisted suicide within their borders.



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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