In 1993, a Wisconsin state senator introduced assisted suicide legislation, designed to give terminally-ill patients the right to ask a doctor’s assistance in ending their own life. It was a new idea for Wisconsin, yet one not popularly held at that time.
Soon after the bill’s introduction, a Milwaukee radio station ran a live phone interview on the subject – I was on one line, and Derek Humphry, founder of the Hemlock Society and author of a self-help book advocating assisted suicide, was on the other.
The reporter asked me what I thought of the bill’s chances of passage. I replied, “No one thinks the bill will get out of committee.”