Editor’s Note: See opinion columns in the next several days on the topic of physician assisted suicide or death with dignity.
NASHVILLE — The issue of physician assisted suicide (PAS) or death with dignity has surfaced in Tennessee.
Earlier this year a bill which would have allowed doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs when requested by terminally ill patients failed to be acted upon by the Tennessee General Assembly.
In May, however, well-known Tennessee lawyer and politician John Jay Hooker filed a lawsuit challenging state law that makes it a felony to assist in a suicide, according to a report in The Tennessean on July 10. The Associate Press reported that the 84-year-old former candidate for governor of Tennessee has terminal cancer. [Read more…]