NH committee to work on assisted suicide bill

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A New Hampshire House committee is starting work on legislation to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

The Judiciary Committee on Thursday begins the first of what is expected to be many long and difficult work sessions on the bill. The full House votes on it next year.

The bill would let terminally ill patients over age 18 obtain lethal prescriptions, with safeguards to prevent abuses.

Opponents call the bill a recipe for elder abuse. The bill’s sponsor, Keene Democrat Charles Weed, plans to offer an amendment to tighten safeguards.

Oregon has approved assisted suicide ballot questions twice. Washington state followed suit last year. Montana’s Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this month on the issue.

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