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Bills (SB 499 and AB 552) to legalize assisted suicide in Wisconsin, introduced in 2019, were carried over to 2020.
Text of AB 552
Both bills introduced in 2017 carried over to 2018. Both bills failed.
A doctor-prescribed suicide bill, 2017 Assembly Bill 216, titled “Compassionate Choices” (LRB-2248/1) was introduced.
On June 23, 2017, a doctor-prescribed suicide bill, 2017 Senate Bill 312, also titled,”Compassionate Choices,” was introduced.
Text of bill
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Current law regarding assisted suicide
Whoever, with intent that another take his or her own life, assists such person to commit suicide is guilty of a Class H felony.
[Wis. Stat. § 940.12]
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s 2014 platform, adopted on June 7, 2014, states that the party believes in “the individual’s right to choose death with dignity including physician-assisted end-of-life. Everyone has the right to timely obtain medications, properly and legally prescribed by their health care provider from any licensed pharmacy.”
In 2007, Rep. Frank Boyle (D-Superior) and Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) once again introduced their bills to legalize assisted suicide. The measures were similar to the law that legalized assisted suicide in Oregon.
The two legislators had introduced such bills in session after session. Each time, the bills languished in committee, never progressing to a vote by either legislative chamber.
Promotion of legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia is not new in Wisconsin. In 1975, Rep. Lloyd Barbee (D-Milwaukee) introduced a “right-to-die” bill (AB1207) that would have permitted persons as young as 7-years-old to request that their lives be terminated. The measure would also have permitted “any person 14 years of age or older to terminate the life of the requestor.” (Text of Barbee bill)
“Wisconsin lawmakers introduce legislation that would legalize physician-assisted suicide”
(CBS58-Milwaukee — September 20, 2019)
“Assembly Speaker pours cold water on assisted suicide bill”
(WKOW — March 9, 2017)
A Dane County state lawmaker wants to give terminally ill people the right to end their lives with dignity, but the top Republican in the State Assembly said he has “serious questions” about it.
“Lawmakers propose allowing terminally ill choice of suicide”
(LaCrosse Tribune — January 25, 2015)
Calling it the “compassionate choice” bill, three Madison-area Democrats on Friday said they plan to introduce a proposal to allow dying patients the choice of ending their lives with medical help.
Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, said this will be the seventh time he has introduced the proposal in the past 20 years.
“State should ration health care, doctor association proposes”
( Wisconsin State Journal – – January 9, 2011 )
The Wisconsin Medical Association is proposing that, as the state prepares to plug a $1.3 billion Medicaid hole, it should look beyond cutting enrollment, payments and entire benefit programs to another option: rationing care, as Oregon does…Physician-assisted suicide, which because legal in Oregon in 1997, is not among the services ranked but is covered by the [Oregon] state’s Medicaid program.