Assembly Speaker Vos opposes assisted suicide bill

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos

MADISON — Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos opposes a bill that would allow terminally ill people to have a doctor help them end their life.

Vos said Thursday, March 9th he worries people will want to end their lives prematurely when they “get in a really bad spot.” Vos says he can’t see himself “allowing people to kill themselves.” He says the bill would take away hope.

He was asked to react to a Democratic-sponsored bill legalizing assisted suicide for the terminally ill. A similar proposal did not pass last session either in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Introduction of the bill came a day after the Assembly passed a measure allowing the terminally ill to have access to experimental drugs that have not yet been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration.