It always strikes me to see how in American states governed by ‘Democrats’ ideological excesses lead to totally irrational and dangerous decisions. In particular, I have been amazed in recent weeks by decisions made in Oregon and Minnesota.
In Oregon, lawmakers are considering a bill to officially repeal the residency requirement for patients who wish to request physician-assisted suicide in the state, thus turning the ‘state’ into a prime destination for ‘macabre euthanasia tourism’. House Bill 2279, sponsored last year by former Democratic Governor Kate Brown, repeals the residency requirement of the Death with Dignity Act and would allow adults from prohibitionist and terminally ill states to request physician-assisted suicide in Oregon. The bill is the result of a settlement of a March 2022 lawsuit filed against Brown and other state officials by Dr. Nicholas Gideonse, an Oregon physician who claimed the residency requirement violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment. As part of the agreement, state agencies agreed to no longer apply the residency requirement of the Death with Dignity Act, enacted in 1997. Oregon HB 2279 would codify this change. “Bill 2279 is an expansion of an already dangerous law, presented as a solution to a problem that does not exist,” Lois Anderson, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, told Fox News Digital.
The euthanasia advocates of ‘Compassion & Choices,’ asked state lawmakers to ensure that no other patients have their care interrupted because of the side of the state line where they live. The position of the Oregon Catholic Conference was different, opposing it and asking whether lawmakers are sure they want “Oregon to become the world leader in suicide?” The debate is still ongoing, but Oregon’s Democratic majority plans to move forward: to make the state the grave of the world’s sick, depressed and old who have been convinced to commit suicide or have themselves killed by euthanasia.
On the other hand, equally terrifying is the willingness of Democratic lawmakers in the state of Minnesota to consider a bill that would establish the state as a “trans haven” for children who wish to undergo transgender medical procedures, but which could be blocked by the laws of other states. The bill, HF146 “would turn Minnesota into a sanctuary state for trans people, protecting trans people, their families and doctors from the legal repercussions of traveling to Minnesota to receive gender affirming treatment,” Finke said. “This need is desperate in my community. This is not a hypothetical scenario,” Finke, a newly elected transgender parliamentarian, said about the bill. “Right now in Minnesota there are gender diverse people receiving gender affirming care. Others are fleeing their home states wondering where to turn.” HF146 would prevent law enforcement from removing a child from parental custody based on an order from outside Minnesota. This clause is intended to ensure that children undergoing gender transition procedures permitted under Minnesota law cannot be governed by child protection laws of other states.
What can we say? The representatives of the U.S. Democratic Party have lost their compass, as well as all memory of their political tradition, and forgotten the centrality of the welfare and dignity of every human being that lie at the heart of the U.S. Constitution.