The latest bill to ban assisted suicide almost succeeded but failed at the very last minute in a classic case of legislative comedy.
The bill, which declared that a patient’s consent would not be a defense for a doctor who assisted someone in ending their life, passed a second reading on a 52-48 vote on Tuesday. But on the third reading on Wednesday, four legislators changed their votes and the result was tied 50-50. Hence the bill was defeated.
What explained the change?