Idaho Senate passes bill criminalizing assisted suicide

After a sober and emotional debate, the Idaho Senate on Friday passed a bill making assisted suicide a felony punishable by 5 years in prison on a 31-2 vote Friday.

Senate Bill 1070, sponsored by Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, now goes to the House. “Idaho does not have a clear law on this issue,” Fulcher said.

Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, spoke of losing her father, father-in-law and husband last year.

"With the passing of my father, father-in-law and husband last year, I can tell you pain management medicine doesn't always work," said Stennett to a hushed chamber. Her husband, former Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett, was a beloved colleague who died after lengthy treatment for brain cancer.

Stennett cautioned against lawmaking in the private sphere, saying, "Please, please come from a compassionate place."

She praised Fulcher for amending his bill to include “safe harbor” provisions for health care providers.

Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, and Sen. Diane Bilyeu, D-Pocatello cast the two no votes, saying the measure goes too far.

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician, raised concerns about the bill but voted for it.

Schmidt said the bill “doesn’t in a clear way address the condition of suffering” because it puts law enforcement in the room “when a difficult conversation needs to occur….It takes space, it takes compassion, it takes peace. And my sense of this bill is it does not come from that place.”

S.B. 1070 is backed by the Idaho Medical Association and Right to Life of Idaho. The “safe harbor” provisions protect health care providers dispensing medications and withholding or withdrawing treatment.

Fulcher said Idaho will join 30 other states with similar laws. S.B. 1070 makes it a crime to provide the physical means by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide or participates in a physical act by which another person commits or attempts to commit suicide.

“This is a crime of intent and a motive must be established,” Fulcher said.

Thank goodness. This was such a huge issue in Idaho

Another example of our legislature working on priority issues that concern so many Idahoans....or in other words, passing a solution while they look for the problem.

I know.

What a huge relief.


Between this law, the one where pharmacists can withhold prescriptions and my personal favorite, the one where college aged students to pack heat, I can say it's been a very productive session so far for our beloved state government.

And if you don't like it, you can just move back to Kalifornia!

But I like your weirdos better!


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

Thank goodness for small government!


Too bad

I was hoping for a Japanese type of ceremony when our great body of the republican genderless type would bow toward their lord and master in Sun Valley and commit a mass Hari-Kari rendition to appologize for their actions. I suppose it would be too much to hope for, that Clement would join them. Oh - well -- better luck next time. Ok what's next to waste our time and money on?

"After a sober and emotional debate"

Can we ever be sure the Idaho legislature is truly "sober"? With a lot of these ridiculous laws they've been approving it makes me wonder if they arent getting down on the Old Crow before these sessions.

So much for all these

So much for all these Conservatives in Idaho calling themselves Libertarians. Talk about government intrusion.

So-called "conservatives"

More big government Republicans gone wild.

They're NOT conservatives! They're King James fans.


You must be lucky to be in the state I was born in!

FO, that is perhaps the most spot on comment of your

Statemen blogging career.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Maybe this will save Idaho Republicans.

Nobody can legally help them commit political suicide. They've worked so hard on it.


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More Government Intrusion

The GOP legislators want to rule our lives from conception to our last breath. They also want to give others control over whether we are even "allowed" to have female birth control. Talk about a nanny state.

So much for less government.

Conservatives once again show they lie.
They say one thing and do quite another.

They seem happy and maladjusted though.


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Something else to throw folks into lockup for.

Something else to throw people in jail for. Although at the same time we cant do anything about encroaching cafo type industries that can seriously erode quality of life because it looks like that will be considered frivoulous. Whatever. Better beef up the geriatric wing at the prison because most of what I read about these kinds of cases it is a murder suicide gone wrong by very old folks.

Y'all got this bad obsession with prisons. Like open houses?

Then stop freakin out on it. Maybe I'll stop mentioning velvet-lined boxes and worms.

'sides that, y'all just like sayin' it because it's trendy and you are bored.


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Guns on campus

Isn't having a gun on campus, in some situations (in regard to Boise Police), another form of assisted suicide?

No, it's just dumb.


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Now we can outsource death to Oregon.

They already dump the mentally ill in Ontario...HA!


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Since this will have to be a do-it-yourself project, will they sell kits at Lowes and Home Depot?

Expect Otter to sign it

Expect that paragon of libertarian conservatism, Clem Leroy "Butch" Otter know better, to sign away this little chunk of our personal freedom.

What right does the state have to interfere with my having medical help to choose how I die--or how I am conceived, for that matter?

It takes 2 minutes to make you and a second to die. Picky?


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Yes, and . . .

Good health is simply the slowest way a human being can die.

You've been dying since fertilization, pal. Face reality.


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