Bill allowing physician-assisted dying moves forward in California legislature

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Brittany Maynard, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 29, moved from California to Oregon, where physician assisted suicide is legal, dying there because California forbids the practice.

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Brittany Maynard, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 29, moved from California to Oregon, where physician assisted suicide is legal, dying there because California forbids the practice.

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If passed, it means that Californians will not have to move to another state, as Brittany Maynard did, to seek a legal prescription to end suffering from a terminal illness.

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  • JR

    You can kill yourself anywhere, why make it an “event”? Think of the new line of Hallmark cards we will need to suffer with, and the “Die With Dignity” day we will need to observe. Just kill yourself.

  • There is nothing dignified about killing yourself, or having a doctor do it. There is nothing undignified in suffering, only vanity leads us to think so. The loss of dignity comes from a lack of love. When no one responds to our suffering, when others ignore the suffering of some one, that is undignified.
    Love is the source of dignity for man, especially the love of God. Responding to suffering and the easing of that suffering, whether by love and compassion, or medication, is the most dignifying act we can accomplish.
    Suicide and assisted suicide is a cold and pragmatic act dressed up in “compassion”

  • Greg1

    The whole Left Coast of this country is becoming more and more strange. I like the way the piece is written to somehow dignify the upcoming legality it: “Physician Assisted Dying.” Whatever happened to “Sawbones Suicide?”

  • @Jenkins,

    “nothing undignified in suffering…”

    How nice of you to decide things for everyone else.
    Your reflexive, dogmatic nonsense reveals a lack of compassion and empathy – the very thing you say you care about.

    Religion is garbage. It stops people from thinking.
    Clearly your enemy is your own heartless philosophy – fossilized and primitive from a time when people didn’t know where the sun went at night.

    The ‘love of God’ is mindless nonsense.
    Any ‘love’ which has the power to lessen suffering, but doesn’t – is hypocritical garbage. To adamantly insist that such a neglectful God exists and that others must pay homage to its indifference is an assault on human compassion itself.

    For shame. Religious claims, like astrology and homeopathy are a public nuisance. They are legal, like gambling, cigarettes and liquor.
    But nothing to be proud of and certainly nothing to respect.