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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 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.”