Insurance company denies chemo, offers suicide drugs instead

Orange County resident Stephanie Packer has terminal cancer but doesn't want to end her life

The following comes from an October 19 Catholic News Agency article: Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, California, her goal is “to do everything I can to have one more second with my kids.” When assisted suicide legislation was officially passed in California in 2016, Packer experienced … [Read more...]

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You still need to go to Oregon

Terminally ill Californians struggling to find doctors to help with assisted suicide

The following comes from a September 17 Mercury News article by Tracy Seipel: For 78-year-old Judy Dale, this wasn’t the way California’s new aid-in-dying law was supposed to work. The San Francisco grandmother, her body riddled with cancer, had hoped to die on her own terms when the time came by ingesting lethal medications prescribed by a physician. But the panic-filled … [Read more...]

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Right-to-die law fight lives on

Judge concludes that lawsuit against End of Life Option Act raises serious issues

The following comes from a September 1 CalWatchdog article by Chris Reed: Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign the End of Life Option Act on Oct. 5, 2015, triggered elation among the state groups which had fought for years to allow doctors to give people with terminal illnesses lethal doses of drugs to end their lives. A key sponsor — Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel — said the … [Read more...]

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Attempt to enjoin assisted suicide law fails

Riverside judge refuses to put law on hold pending outcome of lawsuit on its constitutionality

The following comes from an August 26 Press Enterprise article by Gail Wesson: A Riverside County Superior Court judge rejected a request by a physicians group to put the state's new right-to-die law on hold Friday, Aug. 26, pending court review. Technically called the End of Life Option Act, the law passed by the Legislature last year decriminalized physician-assisted … [Read more...]

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One last party

Terminally ill Ojai woman celebrates her assisted suicide

The following comes from an August 11 People article by Karen Mizoguchi: In early July, Betsy Davis sent out invitations to a party she referred to as a "rebirth." "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness," her e-mail invitations read, according to AP. Davis, a 41-year-old artist from … [Read more...]

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Why are they trying to make us kill our patients?

California doctor argues that assisted-suicide law violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause

The following comes from a July 24 Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Philip B. Dreisbach. Dr. Dreisbach is the director of the Desert Hematology Oncology Medical Group at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. I am an oncologist/hematologist who has been practicing in California, primarily at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, for 39 years. It … [Read more...]

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Intellectually disabled patients eligible for assisted suicide

Department of Developmental Services proposed the emergency regulation

The following comes from a July 20 Angelus article: The End of Life Option Act may soon include regulations to allow patients “with significant intellectual disabilities” to kill themselves even though the bill states that eligible patients must be mentally competent. Eligible terminally ill patients must have the “capacity to make medical decisions” and have the … [Read more...]

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