Latest News from News 3

Las Vegas News | Weather | Sports | Traffic - MyNews3

Segerblom looks to introduce assisted suicide legislation

Reported by: Christine Kim
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 10/29/2014 8:53 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- An 88-year-old Nevada man accused of killing his wife at a Carson City hospital told authorities he shot his wife to end her suffering, which raised questions about assisted suicide laws in the Silver State.

There is no specific statute for euthanasia in Nevada, which means if someone helps another person in pain end his or her life, that act not recognized as an assisted suicide.

But State Sen. Tick Segerblom is in the early stages of drafting legislation to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Nevada. He's looking at similar laws in place in Oregon and Washington state.

The "Death With Dignity Act" would allow terminally ill adults to end their own lives with medication prescribed by a doctor. Segerblom said he believes that a person in pain and suffering should have options.

The Clark County Medical Society calls this is a complex issue and points to the American Medical Association's code of ethics, which says on its website: "Physician-assisted suicide is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks."

Segerblom said he hopes to introduce this legislation during the next legislative session.


All content © Copyright 2015 Sinclair Broadcast Group. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service
You may also view our Sitemap.

FCC assistance for any person with disabilities can be provided by contacting us at ml-lasvegas-ksnv-comments-&

KSNV Profile & Public Inspection Files

2015 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Portions by Broadcast Interactive Media

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.