Jan. 22, 2024
Contact: Suzanne Perry
Board Member, HumanistsMN
301.335.0466 / email@example.com
Medical Aid in Dying Is Compassionate and Humane
HumanistsMN wholeheartedly supports the Minnesota End-of-Life Options Act, which would allow terminally ill adults under some conditions to obtain and take medication to die peacefully.
As humanists, we believe in individual autonomy and the right for people to make decisions about their own lives as long as they are not harming others. This includes the right to determine they do not want to prolong their lives in the face of unbearable suffering.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism or other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good.
We do not share the belief of some opponents of medical aid in dying that only God can decide when to end a life. That is a religious argument that should not dictate public policy. In a diverse society like ours, people should be given the option to decide this issue based on their own values and beliefs.
HumanistsMN backs this legislation, which has been introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate (HF 1930 and SF 1813), as a humane and compassionate approach for people who are in acute pain. We urge our state legislators to pass it this session and for Governor Walz to sign it.
We believe the End-of-Life Options Act is written in a way to ensure that medical aid in dying is not abused. It would apply only to people who have a prognosis of six months or less to live and are mentally capable of making an informed healthcare decision. It would require them to self-administer the medication and includes various other safeguards, while allowing individuals to maintain as much bodily autonomy as possible at the end of life.
For more information about the End-of-Life Options Act, see this Compassion & Choices page.