Signing of assisted-suicide bill called ‘dark day’
October 6th, 2015
By Catholic San Francisco
Opponents of doctor-assisted suicide condemned Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature Oct. 5 of a measure that will allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients.
“This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,” Californians Against Assisted Suicide said. “Governor Brown was clear in his statement that this was based on his personal background. As someone of wealth and access to the world’s best medical care and doctors the governor’s background is very different than that of millions of Californians living in health-care poverty without that same access – these are the people and families potentially hurt by giving doctors the power to prescribe lethal overdoses to patients.” The coalition against the bill said it “is reviewing at all of its options.”
In his statement on signing Assembly Bill ABx2-15, Brown said, “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
A statement by the California Catholic Conference, which strongly opposed the bill, was pending Oct. 5.
From October 8, 2015 issue of Catholic San Francisco.