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September 6, 2006

Nebraska Voters Decide on Humane Care This November

Topics: Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia, Futile Care Laws, Legal affairs

From Focus on the Family

The horrific circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo's death exposed a problem in the law. When she succumbed to starvation and dehydration after 13 days, pro-lifers vowed to never let it happen again. Now Nebraskans will vote on an initiative that says the same. Carrie Gordon Earll is with Focus on the Family Action responds.
"There have been a half-dozen states or so that have introduced this legislatively but this is the only one that we're aware of that's on the ballot in November."
Daniel McConchie with Americans United for Life chides states for not paying much attention to the issue before Terri Schiavo. Now end of life complexities are making it hard to write all-encompassing laws.
"End of life situations are very difficult to legislate because medical science is continually moving and there are so many possibilities as to what situation a person might be in."
While some states use guardians to protect the incapacitated who haven't made their wishes known, Nebraska's Humane Care Initiative takes a different approach.
"What Nebraska is trying to say is that the hospitals and the other institutions need to err on the side of life rather than just the whim of a guardian."
If Nebraska is successful, it could be a model for other states.

Posted by Mary at September 6, 2006 7:24 AM


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