Tom Coburn, MD, US Senator (R-OK), in the Oct. 27, 1999 consideration of House Resolution 2260, Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 (which passed the House but died in the Senate), available at, stated:

“Do we want doctors deciding who lives and who dies? No, we do not want that. This is a slope, a real slope where we are going to become God. We do not have that power. The Declaration of Independence says that we should have the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing in it says we have the right to pursue death, nothing.”

Oct. 27, 1999