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A person commits manslaughter if the person purposely causes or aids another person to commit suicide. Ark. Code § 5-10-104 (a) (2)
It is unlawful for any physician or health care provider to commit the offense of physician-assisted suicide by prescribing any drug, compound, or substance to a patient with the express purpose of assisting the patient to intentionally end the patient’s life or assisting in any medical procedure for the express purpose of assisting a patient to intentionally end the patient’s life. Ark. Code § 5-10-106 (b)
The “Compassionate Care End-of-Life Option Act” (HB 1536) was introduced. It failed to pass.
The bill would have permitted doctors to prescribe a deadly overdose of drugs to patients who have a “terminal condition.” “Terminal condition” was broadly defined as “an incurable and irreversible disease that will, in the opinion of the patient’s physician, result in death within a relatively short time.”
Many conditions are incurable and irreversible but are controllable. But without medication to control the condition, the patient would die. Insulin-dependent diabetics would fall within this category.
Text of HB 1536
The bill failed to pass in committee.
“Arkansas physician-assisted suicide bill fails before panel”
(The Eagle — March 12, 2019)
A proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives has failed before an Arkansas House panel.
“Arkansas lawmaker files bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide”
(KATV — February 21, 2019)
Representative Dan Douglas calls his bill the “Compassionate Care End-of-Life Option Act.”
“Who are we to say, ‘hey, you can’t take a pill and go to sleep peacefully….” [Emphasis added.]
[Apparently Douglas is unaware that doctor-prescribed suicide does not occur from taking “a pill” but, instead is the result of taking a massive overdose of drugs, often the contents of approximately 100 capsules of a barbiturate.]
For information about drugs used, see:
“Summary of Drugs Used for Doctor-Prescribed Suicide.”