Idaho Governor Butch Otter signed SB1070 into law on Tuesday, establishing very important public policy for Idaho and her future.
We are surrounded by states (Oregon, Washington and Montana) who have bought much of the Death Lobby's arguments about the "right" to end one's life on one's own terms. It is an extension of the thinking which drives the abortion debate. And just like in abortion procedures, the Death Lobby seeks to compromise the integrity and ethics of the medical community to accomplish its ends.
The Ban on Assisted Suicide comes none too soon.
Kathryn Tucker and her group, Compassion & Choices, targeted Idaho last year and sought to replicate their success in neighboring states.
This new law effectively pulls the welcome mat out from underneath Tucker and her group.
While we celebrate this important victory for human dignity, one should not underestimate the cancerous growth of Tucker's philosophy within our borders. In many ways, the fight over Conscience Rights for Health Care Professionals is a stalking horse for the Death Lobby. While AARP suggests that it does not officially endorse "aid-in-dying" - their aggressive tactics and misleading efforts in attacking the Conscience Law demonstrate their commitment to a legal system in which doctors, nurses and pharmacists are to be little more than robotic servants of their patients. If a person wishes to end his life prematurely, then the doctor or nurse should be compelled by law to comply.
In their self-centered world, the Bill of Rights applies only to themselves. Doctors with moral reservations about a patient's demands should have no option but to obey. Just as in abortion cases where the baby doesn't really exist, the current crop of AARP leadership willfully ignores the other human beings in the health care equation - doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others.
This is dangerous ground, indeed.
We have ample historical evidence of societies which strip health care professionals of their conscience rights and ethical duties.
Thankfully, Governor Otter has helped push back against that development with his endorsement of the Assisted Suicide Ban.
We are also grateful for the leadership of lead sponsors Sen. Russ Fulcher and Rep. Cliff Bayer.
We predict this new law will be a meaningful contribution to Idaho's long-term moral and social welfare.