A lawmaker is proposing a bill that would make New Hampshire the third state to allow physician-assisted suicide.
Democratic state Rep. Charles Weed’s bill would let terminally ill adults obtain lethal prescriptions from their doctors through an application process.
Weed told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that the bill would allay some patients’ suffering. He said he hoped he would have the right to die someday if he chose.
Ellen Kolb of Cornerstone Policy Research, a conservative think tank, called the bill a recipe for elder abuse in a statement.
Only Oregon allows physician-assisted suicide at present. A voter referendum legalizing the practice passed in Washington state last year. It takes effect in March.