Newsmakers: Rep. Mike Freiberg Says Momentum Building for End-of-Life Bill
Rep. Mike Freiberg, chief author of the End-of-Life Options Act, says the contentious legislation has a better chance of passing this session than at any time before.
“It’s not a light bill, it’s not an easy one to talk about, but I’ve heard from so many Minnesotans who either have loved ones who have gone through a very painful process at the end of their life or going through it themselves and they just want to have that option,” said Freiberg, DFL-Golden Valley.
Freiberg spoke to CCX Media’s Shannon Slatton for the station’s “Newsmakers” segment.
Under House File 1930, the bill provides an end-of-life option for patients who physicians say have six months or less to live. If the patient is of sound mental capacity, physicians can then prescribe a medication the patient can self-administer to end their life.
“It’s modeled after similar law that’s been in effect for about 25 years in Oregon,” said Freiberg. “It’s a proven law and proven to be effective.”
Freiberg said the bill has momentum to pass this legislative session.
“Nothing is guaranteed in a legislative process, but I do feel like the chances of it passing and becoming law are certainly better than they’ve ever been before,” said Freiberg.