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Capitol Weekly: Keep the safeguards in California’s ‘End-of-Life’ law

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End-of-Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Brown in 2015. The bill was opposed by both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and Senators, but passed during a contested Special Legislative Session on Medi-Cal funding. For the full article, visit …

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Angelus News: Oppose SB 380: No person is expendable

Americans have notoriously short memories, and this year, legislators in California are proving it through Senate Bill 380, a bill that would remove mental health safeguards for terminal patients to end their lives faster than ever. In 2015, Californians fought against the End of Life Option Act (physician-assisted suicide), saying that it disproportionately preyed upon …

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The O.C. Register – California shouldn’t scrap ‘safeguards’ in End of Life Options Act

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was passed, many feel inappropriately, during a Special Legislative Session focused …

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California Globe: Proposed Amendments to California Assisted Suicide Law Makes Accessing it Easier

“When it comes to carrying out the death penalty for convicted murders, the California Legislature finds the lethal drug cocktails ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ which they say is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Yet lawmakers were more than willing to approve a lethal drug cocktail to allow sick people to kill themselves,” I wrote in …

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Patient’s will to live can fluctuate 30%

A Lancet study found that “a patient’s will to live can fluctuate 30% in a 12-hour period and between 60-70% over 30 days.  Many people requesting assisted suicide have changed their minds –  some living decades beyond their prognosis, having achieved a cure for the supposedly “terminal” illness. For more information, click here.

It takes experience to know that sometimes you don’t know

Doctors are more often wrong than they are right in prognostication, and patients could throw away good weeks, months, years, or even decades over a best-guess mistake. Doctors use data and experience to give their best prognoses for fatal illnesses – but patients can live for months or even years. Here, a consultant explains why. For …

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SB 380 would conflict federal and state law.

While suggesting this is about patients, the bill also mandates conscientious objectors – whether individual medical professionals or institutions – to participate through referral and allows censure against them if they don’t.  This is in direct contradiction to federal law. . For more information, click here.

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