The Hippocratic Oath, which scholars estimate was written in the fourth century B.C., includes the unambiguous statement: I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan.
I watched the committee testimony on Freiberg's legalized suicide bill. I am concerned HF2152 not only disregards life, but has the potential to empower those who want to exploit our vulnerable, disabled, and elderly. At a time when the Democrats are pushing for socialized medicine, now, more than ever, legalizing assisted suicide has dire implications. Earlier this year, my heart ached for Noa Pothoven, the 17 year old girl from the Netherlands, who suffered from depression and ultimately ended her life through assisted suicide. As a society, we should never stop trying to help and protect people suffering from mental illness. We should always be trying to restore hope. Noa's story is an example of one of the many horrifying concerns assisted suicide raises.
Kiplinger’s recently ranked our State as the “Least Tax-Friendly State in the US.” This means our tax code puts our hardworking families and small business owners at a disadvantage compared to their competitors in other States, like our neighbor, South Dakota. Our tax, regulatory and business environment in MN is causing companies looking to expand to go elsewhere. While our economy in this country is booming, Minnesota’s job creation rate has trailed behind the national average 12 out of the past 12 months. We are also losing our wealthy seniors to Florida and Texas where they claim residency in a low tax State. Even Gov. Dayton moved his trust fund to South Dakota years ago to avoid taxes.Read more