ADF: “Hawaii attorney general: Doctor-prescribed death illegal under state law”

ALLIANCE DEFENSE FUND NEWS RELEASE
December 21, 2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Hawaii attorney general: Doctor-prescribed death illegal under state law

Conclusion shatters pro-death group’s attempt to argue that state law allows assisted suicide

HONOLULU — Doctor-prescribed death is illegal under Hawaii law despite what a pro-death group has argued, according to a newly authored legal opinion issued by Hawaii Attorney General David Louie to Sen. Josh Green, M.D.

Green requested the opinion after learning from media reports and an Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney that the group Compassion and Choices was publicly arguing that state law allows for physician-assisted suicide. According to Green, the attorney general’s legal opinion states that state law “does not authorize physicians to assist terminally ill patients with dying” and “a physician who provided assistance with death could be charged under Hawaii’s manslaughter statute.”

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