Are there any new laws proposed by the legislature in North Carolina that we should know about?

There is a new House Bill 789, The End of Life Option Act. This would allow certain terminally ill patients to end their lives in a "humane and dignified" manner with a physician prescribe drug. A number of conditions must be met.

(1) The patient must be a least 18 years old.

(2) The patient must be a resident of North Carolina.

(3) The patient must have capacity to make medical decisions.

(4) The patient must have the physical and mental ability to self-administer the drug.

(5) The patient's attending physician must be licensed in North Carolina.

The physician must verify the diagnosis, prognosis and mental capacity. A physician that practices separately is required to confirm all the items listed above.

Keep an eye out to determine if this bill is passed and becomes law in North Carolina.

~Karen McKeithen Schaede

This article is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. The information contained in this article does not create an attorney-client relationship between ConnorsMorgan PLLC and the reader.