The Nevada Senate Health and Human Services committee heard arguments for and against a bill that would allow terminally ill patients the option to take medications to end their lives. 

The bill, SB 165, would allow patients who have been given six months to live, the option to request a prescription for medication to take to die. 

Opponents say patients might not be in their right state of mind when making the decision. T. Brian Callister M.D., and Governor Elect of Nevada for the American College of Physicians says, "What's to keep you from taking these pills on a dark, cold, depressing night when you're thinking about you have this disease? It's like a loaded handgun in your cabinet, and if you take those pills, there's no going back in that."

However, supporters of the bill say that is why certain requirements would be in place. That includes having a terminal diagnosis confirmed by at least two physicians, as well as having a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluate the patient's mental health. Peg Sandeen with Death with Dignity says, "That's the reason why we left it to just those two groups of individuals--because that's what they do in practice, they're trained, they have a standard to follow."

The committee did not take a vote on the bill today, but will consider all arguments presented and take a vote at a later hearing. 

If it passes the committee, it will go on to Nevada Senate for consideration. If the bill becomes law, Nevada will be the 9th jurisdiction to pass it. 

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