Nashville Democrat Introduces Tennessee’s Own Kevorkian Bill

Jan 16, 2024 | Political News

One Democrat legislator wants to make physician assisted suicide an option for Tennessee residents, calling it death in a “humane and dignified manner.”

State Representative Bob Freeman (D-Nashville-District 56) filed House Bill 1710 (HB1710) to give terminally ill individuals access to drugs that could be used to end their lives.

As written, the bill reads, “[a]n adult who is capable, is a resident of this state, and has been determined by an attending physician and a consulting physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, and who has voluntarily expressed the wish to die, may make a written request for medication for the purpose of ending the adult’s life in a humane and dignified manner in accordance with this part.”

The bill states that the illness must be one for which there is no cure and that cannot be reversed. Life expectancy for the individual cannot be more than six months. Additionally, it requires that there be two people to witness the request for medication – one of which cannot be the attending physician, a relative, or anyone who would have a part in the person’s estate.