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Segerblom looks to introduce assisted suicide legislation

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 10/29 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.
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