Doctor-assisted suicide proposal tabled after emotional hearing


A national movement to allow terminally sick patients to end their lives opened up a divisive debate at the State Capitol on Wednesday over the government’s role in allowing people to control when and how they die.

The issue became so contentious that Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, abruptly withdrew the measure in a hearing that drew hundreds of people and hours of wrenching testimony.

Visibly disappointed, Eaton said that so many misunderstandings had arisen about the proposal that it was not ready for a vote. She added that the short legislative session left little time to correct the record, so she would try again next year.


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