Go west, old man! Go west!

How do you discourage suicide by assisting suicide?

The following comes from an October 6 Careful! blog post by Michael Cook: Ten percent of Americans now have access to assisted suicide after Jerry Brown, governor of California, approved Assembly Bill 15 yesterday. Assisted suicide had failed in California six times since 1988. But exactly one year ago, on October 6, Compassion & Choices released a superbly-crafted … [Read more...]

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What’s Brown going to do?

Brittany Maynard lobbied the governor on aid-in-dying bill just before her death

The following comes from a June 5 LA Times article by Patrick McGreevy: As one of her last acts before she took her own life, Brittany Maynard talked by telephone with California Gov. Jerry Brown about her desire to see her home state adopt an aid-in-dying law, her husband says. Maynard is the 29-year-old former Californian who decided to move to Oregon after she was … [Read more...]

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LA Times giving balanced coverage of assisted suicide proposal

It's now up to Jerry Brown and the assembly if California legalizes "death with dignity"

The following is a June 4 LA Times article by Patrick McGreevey: After a debate marked by raw and personal tales of loss, the state Senate on Thursday advanced a proposal to allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with drugs prescribed by physicians. If the measure wins approval by the Assembly and Gov. Jerry Brown, California will join five other states in … [Read more...]

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Medical group no longer opposed to assisted suicide bill

California Medical Association president: "I'm surprised the organization had changed"

SACRAMENTO — The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the nation to drop opposition to what has long been known as “physician-assisted suicide,” it said, acknowledging a shift in doctor and patient attitudes about end-of-life and aid-in-dying options. The move comes as the doctors organization removed its opposition Wednesday to a … [Read more...]

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The suicide tide

Six pro-death Dems vs. two pro-life Reps in state senate health committee

The following comes from a March 26 email from pro-life leader Wynette Sills in Sacramento. Yesterday I arrived at the Capitol hoping to see pro-life supporters visiting our legislators, but the halls were empty.  I attended the noon Mass at the Cathedral, hoping to see a church filled with familiar faces, but there were only about eight people wearing red. I optimistically … [Read more...]

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What will Brown do?

‘A gradual widening of categories’ of patients to be killed

The following comes from a Jan. 28 posting on CalWatchDog.com. Physician-assisted suicide has returned to California’s political agenda. After years off the table, the issue gained new life in the wake of Brittany Maynard’s high-profile decision to end her life. Maynard, 29, an assisted-suicide activist living in Oregon, advertised her impending death as a dignified … [Read more...]

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Conflicted motives

Diaz, who bought Brittany's poison, clearly did not receive proper hospice counseling

The following comes from a Jan. 21 release sent by California Seniors Against Legalizing Euthanasia. Clinical psychologist Mark Hoffman, spokesman for California Seniors Against Legalizing Euthanasia, today asked lawmakers to look more carefully at the idea of authorizing 3rd party agents to be involved in suicide. "This practice has been discouraged and prohibited by law … [Read more...]

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