By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Senate Health Committee voted to give a favorable report to House Bill 96, which bans assisted suicide in Alabama. The Assisted Suicide Ban Act prohibits individuals or healthcare providers from assisting someone to commit suicide.
HB96 is being sponsored by state Representative Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City). Rep. Butler told the Health Committee that the bill would not punish hospice nurses who give their dying patients morphine in order to ease their pain, even if it speeds their end.