By CHAO YAN
Capital News Service
LANSING — Earlier this month, Rep. Tom Cochran recalls, a Michigan resident approached him during a coffee hour to tell him her family was moving to Oregon. The woman’s father suffers from cancer, and when the time is right, he wants to be able to choose to die painlessly using lethal drugs with the aid of a doctor, Cochran said. That’s a right the man will have in Oregon that he doesn’t have in Michigan. “Her story is tragic,” said Cochran, a Mason Democrat. “It’s a topic we need to have discussion on, and it has been around for a long time.”
Late last month, Cochran re-introduced a bill, named the “Death with Dignity Act” — the latest attempt to legalize assisted suicide.