Asking for Your Advice on a REALLY Tough Issue

(Annie Black)Assembly Bill 351 would allow “a physician to prescribe a medication that is designed to end the life of a patient under certain circumstances.”

This is one of those bills where conservatives of good conscience disagree.  It’s a tough one.  Any bill related, literally, to life-and-death decisions – from abortion to capital punishment – are gut-wrenching.

In considering the merits of this bill, I found an op-ed by Hanna Olivas, which was published Saturday in the Las Vegas Sun, to be emotionally persuasive.

Hannah, a 46-year-old mother and grandmother living in Las Vegas, has “an aggressive, incurable and terminal cancer.”  The pain and suffering she’s facing is unimaginable. Consider her story…

“For now, I continue to undergo different types of treatments to have a better quality of life.  But the blood cancer is taking a toll on my body.  I am tired. I am in pain. I have a lesion in my neck. … I am exhausted, mentally and physically. I am nauseated. I am vomiting and I am in pain. …

“I know that my spinal column will collapse and shoot unbearable pain throughout my body, including my skull, jaw, teeth, ribs and legs. I am terrified of blood clots, bone cracks from just lying in bed in hospice, as tumors grow throughout my body. I do not want to leave my family with those horrific images as I die slowly in unbearable pain.”

I know there are principled conservatives who object to this bill.  And I realize no matter how I vote on it I’m going to make some people angry and will likely lose their support.

But this is a decision I can’t duck.  Yes, it’s hard.  But that’s what I was elected to do on your behalf.

So before I make my decision, I want to hear from you.  Give me your pros and cons.  Tell me why you think I should vote for it or vote against it.  And I’ll use your feedback to help me make the best choice possible.

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“Hi, Annie. I’m delighted to see that you have so many loyal supporters throughout the state. Judging from what others have said, I think we would all agree that you need to replace Robin Titus as the next Minority Assembly Leader!” – Francine Huffman

Annie Black is the Nevada State Assemblywoman representing District 19.  You can get more information and subscribe to her AnnieGram newsletter by visiting

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1 thought on “Asking for Your Advice on a REALLY Tough Issue”

  1. I understand this is a very tough subject for you. But I am a Christian and the only one who has the right to to take a life, especially for something like assisted suicide. This is the resemblance of Nazi Germany, and we in the United States do not do things like this.
    God is the one who gives life and no one has the right to take a life . None of us have the right to make these decisions. So I am asking you please Vote NO on this issue.

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