Calif. right-to-die bill stalls on religious opposition, coercion fears

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Palm Springs resident Arthur Schein, who has been diagnosed with multiple heart and lung ailments, says he would rather go out on his own terms than suffer. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Palm Springs resident Arthur Schein, who has been diagnosed with multiple heart and lung ailments, says he would rather go out on his own terms than suffer. Photo courtesy of USA Today

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The strongest opposition has come from smaller medical groups, disability activists, and Catholic leadership.

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  • Loren Haas

    This will win in CA as a proposition. I am not sure why the supporters have not gone this way before. The popular vote is confidential and the legislative vote is public. The coercive power of the Catholic church is evident.

  • JR

    Hopefully the Catholic coercion is successful. Opening this door of suicide on demand will lead to all kinds of corrupt behavior concerning the terminally ill. No one can stop one from committing suicide, we don’t need a bureaucracy to control it or sanction it.

  • Thecla

    Good! I Don’t want anyone pulling the plug on me. If assisted suicide is legal there will be pressure on people who are old, inconvenient or expensive to maintain to have themselves put down. And people will be put down whether they want it or not at the behest of their relatives.

    I don’t have any moral objections to suicide. I fact I think that in many cases it’s the morally best thing to do, to relieve others of the burden. But I don’t care about being moral, and if I bankrupt my kids paying to keep me alive, I don’t care. I care about ME: I want to survive as long as possible and I don’t care a straw for ‘dignity’.

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  • Barry the Baptist

    Is this how you would be compelled to behave in such a situation? Do you not love the old and the sick well enough to seriously consider their wishes and the associated rights that allow them to live their lives as they see fit? Or do you worry that you and everyone around you will be tempted to end the lives of others for convenience’s sake?

  • dmj76

    Have you made a lving will?

  • dmj76

    Thecla
    You do need a living will to make it more likely your end of life wishes will be followed.

  • Be Brave

    Hmm, wrinkled and unattractive, sick and troublesome people lined up to be permanently removed from California society?

    How is that a surprise to anyone?

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    The most unsafe place for a child these days is the womb. Now it’s time to turn nursing homes for the elderly into butcher shops.
    And oh those nasty Catholics for being on the side of Life. It’s enough to want to not allow debate ion the issue for fear Catholics may be right.

  • Stephen Ray Hale

    This is truly Anti-American. The freedom that the Great American Experiment protects is called LIBERTY or the subset of raw freedom to do that which is right in the eyes of God, and this freedom pertains to innocent life and the protection of such. Jefferson was following Locke’s logic in his Second Treatise of Government where he said, basically, that SUICIDE is NOT Liberty but License, in that the Creator put us on this earth to LIVE and to NOT quit our station before the time, and in that we have no such moral right to SUICIDE, we can not delegate such a right to another over our innocent life, and Jefferson took this and called it INALIENABLE RIGHT TO LIFE. I proffer this definition of LICENSE, according to Locke’s view, the complementary subset of raw freedom to do that deleterious to innocent life and at best indifferent to the protection of innocent life. Good definitions to remember.

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