There was passion on both sides of the issue today in a packed-to-capacity hearing room as state House lawmakers considered a bill that would allow physician-assisted suicides for terminally ill adults in Minnesota. Kathy Ware is a nurse whose son Kylen is disabled. She says her son’s life has dignity, worth and value…

“And this bill bolsters bigotry in the medical profession toward people with disabilities like Kylen, and this bill perpetuates bias and prejudice and says you’re better off dead than disabled.”

But Marianne Turnbull of St. Paul is living with terminal ovarian cancer and she testified in support of the bill…

“I’m here today to say I want to live as long as I can, but when the time comes, I want a good death I want to die at home, I want to die surrounded by people who love me.”

Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Republican Michelle Benson, calls physician-assisted suicide “dangerous policy” and says the bill will not get a hearing in the Senate.