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'Death With Dignity Act' filed in state House

Two members of the state House filed a bill allowing some terminally ill patients to make the decision to end life in a "humane and dignified manner" (Source: WECT) Two members of the state House filed a bill allowing some terminally ill patients to make the decision to end life in a "humane and dignified manner" (Source: WECT)
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -

Two state lawmakers have filed a bill that would give some terminally ill patients the choice to end their life. The “Enact Death With Dignity Act” (HB 611) provides qualified patients with the option of taking medication to end life in “a humane and dignified manner”.

Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford) and Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe) filed the bill Thursday in the state House. The proposal lays out a long list of requirements that must be met before any patient receives medication to end his or her life. 

Among the requirements are for two physicians to be part of the process. One attending physician responsible for treating the patient's illness, and a second consulting physician would confirm the diagnosis and the patient's capability of making the decision.

The bill also mandates the patient make both oral and written requests for the medication, and sets a 15-day waiting period between a first and second oral request for the medication.

To read the text of HB 611 click here: http://bit.ly/1PpV1lZ

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