Chaffetz plans to block new D.C. assisted suicide law

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  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    Jan. 14, 2017 10:54 a.m.

    Does Truth offend you?

    Dear Rep. Jason Chaffetz-
    Would you take a moment & stand up for new life being snuffed out -
    without so much as one expert witness called to prove, to the courts,
    that the unborn are scientifically alive?

    It would take you about 1 min to post it on your twitter site.

    DNews - if you would ask Rep. Chaffetz- 1st if he thinks it is a good idea &
    then publish this easy to understand Dr. Survey-
    you can end the murder of 6000 unborn ea. day.

    Survey for Doctors of Medicine & Ph.D Life Science Experts-
    When Is the Beginning of Life For All (higher) Life Forms: Except Human Beings?

    1-_at the starting point of fertilized egg having cell animation.
    2-_at some later point in time after fertilized egg cell animation is detected.

    Name_ Sign_ date_
    Title /expertise_
    Applied Logic-
    If you believe the answer to Q&A is choice #1-
    Then does this truth apply to human life as well?
    true_ false_

  • SurpriseCat Surprise, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2017 4:48 p.m.

    @ Ann Blake Tracy

    "Hitler is alive & well! After we brought thousands of Nazi scientists here via Operation Paperclip after WWII that war never ended! IG Farben continues their mission of death."

    Yes, because the Nazis trying to exterminate entire ethnicities is EXACTLY THE SAME as terminally ill patients being permitted to choose their own death with dignity. My word.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 11:47 a.m.

    If push comes to shove, I don't care what Chaffetz or his religion want of me.
    He can get stuffed.

  • Ann Blake Tracy Henderson, NV
    Jan. 11, 2017 11:29 a.m.

    These comments make it evident that those prescription meds Utah takes have warnings for suicidal ideation (compulsions)! And this bill makes it legal for doctors to kill them after giving them meds producing suicidal compulsions?!

    I was terminally ill with six months to live 45 years ago. Yet after drastically changing my diet & completely avoiding doctors for 45 years I am healthier than ever! With medical mistakes & taking prescription meds as prescribed now listed as the 3rd & 4th leading causes of death???

    Euthanasia exists & has existed in this country for at least a decade. I buried my uncle yesterday & my father eight years ago - both vets euthanized by Hospice. My father was put in a drug-induced coma & they refused to hydrate him saying "we wouldn't want to prolong his suffering." (He had none until they came!) No emotion is all I saw from them when I said, "I prolong my suffering every day of the week by eating and drinking."

    Hitler is alive & well! After we brought thousands of Nazi scientists here via Operation Paperclip after WWII that war never ended! IG Farben continues their mission of death.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 11:02 a.m.

    Focus on getting Trump to release his tax returns. Contrary to what he said today the people do not to see them and know what is in them, not just the media. It always goes back to if he has nothing to hide why doesn't he release them? The longer he goes unwilling to do that the more it makes one think there are things in there Americans need to know about their new president. His supporters should have insisted on it before the election. In not doing that he is convinced no one cared or wanted to know.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:57 a.m.

    Just as we need politicians out of our bedrooms we need them out of our very personal medical decisions. It is not the place of government to decide this kind of personal decision between you, your family, and your doctor. Chaffetz, get our of our bedrooms and out of our doctors office. It is not your call.

  • SurpriseCat Surprise, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:50 a.m.

    Dinny, in every state with this law, doctors are free to choose not to participate, just as they are free not to offer abortions, laser eye surgery, or anything else. Similarly, in each state where it is legal, only people who wish to take advantage of assisted suicide (when they are already terminally ill) do so; no one is compelled.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:31 a.m.

    An honest question, as I'm not thoroughly informed on these laws yet and any differences there might be among the states where doctor-assisted suicide has been legalized...but I take it any doctor who believed assisted suicide would be in violation of his/her Hippocratic Oath would -not- be forced to cooperate with euthanasia, correct?

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:08 a.m.

    Why is he involved in this at all? Why is the government so entangled in our medical decisions?

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:56 a.m.

    Yeah, I'm a conservative who would listen to what this bill has to say. I've watched loved ones suffer through terminal illness. Modern medicine keeps them alive longer...but sometimes only extends the physical and mental suffering.

    Each case is not black and white. We put down horses for good reason.

  • Laura Billington Maple Valley, WA
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:24 a.m.

    "I've just been opposed to assisted suicide from a moral perspective," Chaffetz said. "(Based on) my own personal belief system, I just don't believe that's the direction we should be going."

    Then, Jason, when YOU are terminally ill and in constant pain, don't ask your doctor for assistance in dying. Follow your moral code, whatever it is. That's your right. Making our decisions for us is not your place.

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:11 a.m.

    How many times have we heard republicans complain about federal government overreach when it comes to Utah issues and values. If someone is terminally ill with no prospect for any recovery then I say let the government stay out of it.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 11, 2017 6:40 a.m.

    Assisted suicide would be a choice, not a mandate.

    It does not affect you if you decline to do it. Why stop others from making this very personal choice.

    Just a guess. Chaffetz will vote to block assisted suicide for the terminally ill while also voting to reduce their health care benefits.

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    Jan. 11, 2017 6:34 a.m.

    A better title for this article would be "Chaffetz, mimicking Ted Cruz, seeks to keep his name in front of the public". The particular issue that he's pontificating on is irrelevant.

  • Moderate Thinking Logan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 6:26 a.m.

    I believe that Chaffetz should be too busy right now with more important matters, such as preparing for a whole host of inquiries into potential ties between our president elect, some of his staff and cabinet nominees, and a particular foreign government.

    I can only presume that he'll put politics aside and give this the same amount of attention as he did into other inquiries aimed at Democratic politicians. Jason, we are watching you on this.

  • IceCreamGhost Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:59 a.m.

    The government needs to know when it is overstepping it's bounds.

    I know if it were Chaffetz facing months with an intubation tube or extreme pain he would realize what some people are up against and allow them options to ease their suffering.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:09 a.m.

    This is all well and good, but doctors need to be protected from lawsuits and prosecution when dealing with end-of-life pain management and the patient succumbs to the dosage required to achieve pain relief. Although there is a fine line between this and assisted suicide, certainly a patient has a right to waive a lawsuit and direct that a physician not be prosecuted with the sole intent of managing intense pain, knowing that death could result, but death not being the ultimate intent of either the physician, the patient or the patient's family.

  • tennerifa Orem, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 3:01 p.m.

    Just another misguided attempt to impose his personal morals on a group of people that voted for this law.
    Just because assisted suicide is legal, doesn`t mean that people have to avail themselves of it. If people want to bear agonizing pain or be looped out on pain medication, endure the loss of the most personal bodily functions, and spend untold amounts of money trying to prolong death, more power to them, but I certainly don`t need some "holier than thou" politician telling me what is best for me.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    Jan. 10, 2017 2:39 p.m.

    Chaffetz plans to block new D.C. assisted suicide law


    1. What does this have to do with Utah?

    2. What does this have to do with OVERSEEING our uber-corrupt President-elect?

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 2:15 p.m.

    So Chaffetz doesn't believe in local control or states rights. The Federal government should prevail. Does that mean he will back off his opposition to Bear Ears?

    His call for moving Federal agencies out of Washington is another example that fiscal restraint is far from a core value of the Republicans. Talk about a costly, inefficient concept.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 1:48 p.m.

    I guess this is one of the examples that conservatives site as the big, bad federal government knowing more than the people when it comes to what's best for them. Hypocrisy has no bounds for most politicians.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 1:36 p.m.

    Chaffetz needs to stop this penny ante stuff and step up to his job. Investigating the myriad issues concerning the soon-to-be titular head of our country's government. Start with his finances and see what irregularities Donnie has perpetrated. See what ties he has with countries that are adverse to our interests, and see how deeply he is entangled with them. Investigate his myriad conflicts of interest and how he is trying to obscure them. Determine what other issues he has tried to hide. And, especially, investigate his being a puppet of Putin, and how much Putin owns him and controls him.

    That would be an investigation that could easily take up the entirety of the four years Donnie will be the titular head of our government. So get going Jason and do your real job, and leave the penny ante stuff alone.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 1:33 p.m.

    Funny. Chaffetz likes to use words like "government overreach", "Nanny State" and "individual rights". Sure doesn't practices what he preaches.

  • chasetylerslc ,
    Jan. 10, 2017 1:31 p.m.

    I thought Chaffetz (and Republicans) were all about not having the Gov't come between the patient and doctor. Well, guess not. As par for the course, Chaffetz comes out of this looking deeply hypocritical. Very ashamed he is my representative.

  • no fit in SG St.George, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 1:24 p.m.

    Just like football, Jason Chaffetz is put in his position, to Block.
    Most of the time his blocking does not work.
    Must be why he never progressed to the NFL.