Testimony presented by Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs, on Feb. 25, 2016, before the House Health and Human Services Committee of the Utah Legislature, in opposition to HB 264 (End of Life Options Act).
Thank you, Mr. Chair, and good morning, representatives. Stan Rasmussen representing Sutherland Institute.
We appreciate and commend to you many of the points made others who have presented and who will present concerns today about the impacts and consequences of physician-assisted suicide.
Abetting individuals wishing to terminate their own lives by means of changes in public policy, as this bill proposes, would transform a highly problematic private decision into a highly problematic private decision with public consequences – and public complicity.
An undermine to a culture of life, this proposal raises very serious questions about what is, and ought to be, prudent, sound public policy.
We encourage you to oppose this bill.