MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota lawmakers introduced Wednesday a bill to allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives.
The “End of Life Options Act” would allow patients with incurable diseases and who will die within six months to get an “aid-in-dying” medication they can take themselves.READ MORE: Indigenous Bowl Brings 30+ Tribes, Communities Together At U.S. Bank Stadium
ALS patient Bobbi Jacobsen spoke though a computer, telling reporters she wants a “peaceful alternative” to a painful death.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Monday Will Be Season's Coldest, With Flash Freeze Causing Icy Commutes
“Not allowing people like me a peaceful alternative is wrong,” she said at a news conference. “Only I can determine the quality of my life. Only I can define what dignity means to me.”MORE NEWS: Firefighters Hurt By Falling Porch During Minneapolis House Fire
Six states currently have laws allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives.