Thursday, April 7th, 2011
“The gracious and compassionate response of a people to their elderly, ill and disabled is to improve their quality of life, not end their lives,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of AUL.
Boise, Idaho, (04-07-11) – Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, praised Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for signing SB 1070, prohibiting assisted suicide in Idaho, as a “helping hand that Idaho is reaching out to the vulnerable among us who may be pressured to give up hope and end their lives.”
Senator Russell M. Fulcher and Representative Clifford R. Bayer sponsored SB 1070, based on AUL model language, to supplement existing common law and statutory law by confirming that it is illegal to cause or assist in the suicide of another. David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life joined AUL in its efforts to protect vulnerable Idahoans.
Dr. Yoest also commended the 31 state senators and 61 state House members who supported the bill.
“Members of the Idaho legislature prevented a deliberate effort to create a ‘right’ to assisted suicide in Idaho. The gracious and compassionate response of a people to their elderly, ill and disabled is to improve their quality of life, not end their lives,” she said.