HB 1020, a bill to permit doctor-prescribed suicide bill, called “Medical Aid in Dying” has been introduced in Indiana.
Text of HB 1020
A doctor-prescribed-suicide bill (HB 1157) was introduced in January 2018 but no action was taken on the bill.
Text of bill
Text of HB 1561
Current Indiana Law
A person who has knowledge that another person intends to commit or attempt to commit suicide and who intentionally does either of the following commits assisting suicide, a Class C felony:
Provides the physical means by which the other person attempts or commits suicide,
Participates in a physical act by which the other person attempts or commits suicide.
Indiana Code § 35-42-1-2.5
“Indiana Medical Association Votes Against Physician Assisted Death”
(Indiana Public Media — October 3, 2016)
The Indiana State Medical Association officially voiced its opposition to physician-assisted suicide during its annual convention in Indianapolis….”Will government and insurance companies do the right thing — pay for treatment costing thousands of dollars — or the cheap thing — pay for lethal drugs costing hundreds of dollars?” ISMA stated in a press release.
“Daughter vows to fight on for her gravely ill Carmel father”
(Indianapolis Star — January 16, 2013)
Susan Rissman vows the the fight to keep her father Paul G. Smith alive is not over — despite a ruling Wednesday….At the hearing Dr. Anthony Martin admitted he had Rissman removed from the hospital Sunday and barred from returning after learning she allowed Smith to be videotaped asking for food and water.