Note: This assisted suicide bill includes a protection
of conscience provision, which is reproduced below. An objecting health
care provider is required only to transfer the care of the patient upon
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session 2007
Introduced by Representatives Lopez, Bradley, Cajero
Bedford, Sinema: Alvarez, Campbell CL, DeSimone, Garcia M, Miranda B
amending title 36, Arizona Revised Statutes, by
adding chapter 38; relating to aid in dying.
Be it enacted by the
Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 36, Arizona
Revised Statutes, is amended by adding chapter 38, to read:
AID IN DYING
[Begins with 36-3801] . . .
Except as provided in section 36-3817:
1. A person is not subject to civil or criminal liability or professional
disciplinary action for participating in good faith compliance with this
article. This includes being present when a qualified patient takes the
prescribed medication to end the patient's life in a humane and dignified
2. This article does not authorize any person to assist in the
administration of medication unless that person is designated by a qualified
patient to administer or dispense the medication because of the qualified
patient's physical disability.
3. A professional organization or association or health care provider
shall not subject a person to censure, discipline, suspension, loss of
privileges, loss of membership or any other penalty for participating or
refusing to participate in good faith compliance with this article.
4. A request by a patient for or provision by an attending physician of
medication in good faith compliance with this article does not constitute
neglect for any purpose of law or provide the sole basis for the appointment
of a guardian or conservator.
5. A health care provider is not under any duty, whether by contract, by
statute or by any other legal requirement, to participate in the provision
to a qualified patient of medication to end the patient's life in a humane
and dignified manner. If a health care provider is unable or unwilling to
carry out a patient's request under this article, the health care provider
must promptly transfer the responsibility to another provider who is willing
to act in accordance with the qualified patient's wishes. The health care
provider must transfer, on request, a copy of the patient's relevant medical
records to the new health care provider.
6. A health care facility that refuses to allow aid in dying to be
prescribed or administered on its premises shall not deny staff privileges
or employment to a person for the sole reason that the person previously
participated in aid in dying.
7. A licensed pharmacist who dispenses lethal medicine based on a valid
prescription by a physician aiding a patient to die under this article is
not subject to civil, criminal or administrative liability for doing so.