Medicine and moral reasoning necessary for sound legislation

by Walter Yoshimitsu & Eva Andrade

(March 28, 2017/Honolulu Star Advertiser) The state House Committee on Health’s recent decision to defer the bill on assisted suicide shows how good medical practices combined with sound moral reasoning can help to protect Hawaii’s people, including the most vulnerable in our state (“Bill to let dying patients take own lives is deferred,” Star-Advertiser, March 24).

Hawai‘i Catholic Conference and Hawai‘i Family Forum have been accused in the past of imposing our religious beliefs or moral values on the state. These same claims resurfaced in this current legislative session when we weighed in on assisted suicide.