2017 Letters to the editor stock

The proposed assisted suicide bill, Indiana House Bill 1561, has a hole big enough to drive a truck through.

While some assistance is provided before the infirm individual is prescribed a deadly drug, no legal assessment of what is voluntary is required at the time the lethal dose would be taken, which may occur months later. 

Very ill people are told to keep poison in a drawer, and in effect to sign a suicide note in advance, just in case they later choose to do away with themselves.

They thus make themselves vulnerable not only to being pressured by interested parties into committing suicide but even to being murdered by someone actually forcing them to take the drug.

With no disinterested witnesses required for the fatal act, it will be difficult to get a homicide conviction in the face of a patient's own prior request for the deadly drug.

Richard Stith, Valparaiso

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.