Voluntary euthanasia Indiana bill, this would go into effect on July 1

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Voluntary euthanasia Indiana bill, this would go into effect on July 1.

Indiana lawmakers are considering voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill.

Democratic Representative, Matt Pierce, introduced this bill last week.

The bill refers to a terminal illness as “an incurable and irreversible illness that will, within reasonable medical judgment, result in death within six months.”

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To be considered for this, a patient must be:

At least eighteen years old
An Indiana resident
Capable
Diagnosed, by a physician licensed under IC 25-22.5, with a terminal illness that is confirmed by a consulting physician

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Voluntarily expressed to the attending physician a wish to receive medical aid in dying
After a written request is submitted, the individual will have a 15 day waiting period before being administered the medication. This medication must be self-administered.

Medical professionals would be required to meet with the patient requesting voluntary euthanasia to ensure they are of sound mind.

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Insurance companies would not be able to deny payment of benefits due to the “suicide clause.”

If passed, the introduced bill will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

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