California right-to-die bill goes to the governor

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Californian Brittany Maynard, who died Nov. 1 in Oregon, left a video advocating right to die legislation pass in all 50 states.

Californian Brittany Maynard, who died Nov. 1 in Oregon, left a video advocating right to die legislation pass in all 50 states.

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The late Brittany Maynard was the leading advocate for the "End of Life Options" bill. It specifies that terminally ill patients who seek a prescription for lethal drugs are not committing suicide.

  • Bernardo

    About time. Who are the producers of morphine. I need to buy some of their stock.

  • Dominic

    It would make more sense if someone started a campaign for a ” Right Not to Die” law.
    We are all going to die anyway, and committing suicide is hardly original. And all of this nonsense taking up our time!

  • Bernardo

    Dominic,

    So you support years of yourself suffering and those around you? Not very Christian of you!!!

  • Larry

    If people wish to end their life, why do they need medical personnel to do it?

    As long someone is capable of consenting to die, they are capable of consenting not to have further treatment. They can die without assistance. It is not as pleasant as an injection, but there is no right for it to be so. What is a day or a couple of days compared to months/years of suffering?

  • Liz

    Larry, I normally (well, almost 100%) agree with your comments/rebuttals on other issues and find your analysis spot on. But on this, I passionately disagree. Most people who are terminally ill wish to die peacefully, fully conscious, in control and with their dignity still intact. Just refusing further medical treatment may compromise that wish. In WA and OR, patients take doctor prescribed a cocktail of pills (not injection by doctors as you believe) in the presence of an end of life specialist in a room full of family and friends. Patients choose their own time to say proper goodbyes to the loved ones while they can still smile. I, for one, would prefer to go that way if I were in that predicament. For the people in horrible pain and suffering, a day, even an hour can make the world of difference. I recommend a documentary called, “How to die in Oregon” for the better understanding of what this dying with compassion movement is about.

  • larry

    I admit my POV on this is entirely personal rather than ideological or rational.

    It really doesn’t sit right with me that one is essentially requiring other people to end one’s own life. Not to be too gruesome, but there are plenty of ways one can do the job themselves.

  • dmj76

    Bernardo

    The New Testament clearly teaches that suffering is good for you. This is in Romans somewhere – suffering builds character, etc.

    That is why, for example, Church of England makes so much noise about end of life situations – they think cancer pain is actually beneficial.

  • dmj76

    I wish to apologize for the nasty remark about the Church of England made in my most recent post. The tone was inappropriate.

    The reason for the nasty remark is that I was big time upset about their position on this issue.

    I will try to behave better.

  • Liz

    Sure, I agree one could think of many ways to end his/her own life. However, some patient might be physically unable (too sick or too weak) to carry it out by themselves and many are too afraid of not succeeding at their attempt. What if the chosen method is a failure? Wouldn’t that be even more traumatizing to the family and friends? In “How to die in Oregon” documentary, real people talk about these type of fear.

    Under any other circumstances, requiring someone else to end my life for me would be an unethical proposition. But I think asking a trained doctor to help me relieving my suffering is a well-justified request and as a sworn healthcare provider, it is their professional duty to help me do it. I don’t see that as a violation of their “first, do no harm” Hippocratic oath…if he can’t cure me, then he should provide me with the most comfortable way of ending my life. Or at least, it should be offered as one of the end of life care options.

  • Divya Avasthy

    Nobody is fighting for hope.

    In terminal illness cases, the patients can be given the address/phone numbers of Christian help groups, not suicide medicines.

    We are not living in a hopeless world.

    That is the message we need to give. There is a God, who heals and comforts, when no one else helps. That is true. It has been witnessed in thousands and thousands of lives around the world.

    Why not save more souls?

  • Dominic

    Do I support death and suffering with age, or disease? A ridiculous question! It is life’s natural course, we all must go through it, it is not a question of for or against.
    Taking one’s own life in a celebratory fashion surrounded by loved ones is vanity taken to a new level. We are becoming a society that only sees life in the productive and useful people on earth…and that is the way of animals. Who wants to go to a Wake where the “corpse” talks to you?
    It is a most Christian duty to care for the dying and elderly…not rid ourselves of them because they’ve become inconvenient. At the appropriate time they will die….with the dignity they’ be always had as a human being.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Sign it, Jer. If a doctor and patient agree it’s none of the church’s or the public’s business.

  • Beware, In Oregon and Washington heirs are allowed to participate from the start to the end, eviscerating intended safe guards. Everyone involved in the lethal process gets immediate immunity and family members are not required to be contacted. A witness is not required to confirm the dose was self-administered so if they struggled and changed their mind who would ever know? In addition these laws prohibit investigations or public inquiries leaving no recourse for surviving family members who were not contacted. Does that sound like good public policy to you? This is very dangerous public policy that does not serve the common good. It serves the health insurance corporations very well. All of these loopholes are embodied in California’s ABX2-15.
    Oregon and Washington should amend their initiative-sound-bite driven dangerous laws.