Rep irked by cuts mockingly suggests euthanasia for disabled

AP News
Posted: Apr 03, 2015 12:23 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state representative exasperated by budget cuts to programs serving disabled people has mockingly suggested the next step would be euthanasia.

NH1 ( ) reports that the comment by Democratic Rep. Michael Cahill of Newmarket came during Wednesday's budget debate.

Cahill said since budget writers "are refusing to raise revenues" to fund programs for the disabled, "have you looked at euthanasia?"

House Speaker Shawn Jasper quickly said Cahill was out of order and called his comments inappropriate.

Cahill apologized and said he got caught up in the heated debate.

His comments came three weeks after another lawmaker got national attention for invoking abortion during a debate on an effort by fourth-graders to name the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor.