The following comes from an August 20 Angelus article by J.D. Long-García:
California state legislators introduced a measure that would legalize physician-assisted suicide during a special legislative session this week.
The measure, AB 15, would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to individuals suffering from a terminal illness. Opponents of the measure called it a modified version of SB 128, which did not pass during the legislative session.
“This effort to bring back the measure during a special session will short circuit the conversation,” said Kathleen Buckley Domingo of the archdiocesan Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “It is an effort to rush a life or death decision without allowing Californians to offer their opinion to their legislators.
Because it was introduced in a special session, the proposed bill could bypass the Assembly Health Committee, where an identical measure failed just last month. A broad coalition, including disability rights groups, patient advocates, nurses and physicians opposed SB 128.
“There was considerable concern on the effect legalizing doctor assisted suicide would have on the poor,” Domingo said. “It’s an effort by wealthy elites in California looking for autonomy. But the poor will suffer the effects of the measure most gravely. Assisted suicide is always the cheapest and easiest option.”
Andrew Rivas, director of government and community relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, said that while the measure had been modified, there hasn’t been substantial change.
“I see no concessions here,” he said, referring to problems raised by the coalition that opposed physician-assisted suicide earlier this year.
The special session is focusing on Medi-Cal funding and Rivas said the introduction of physician-assisted suicide came as a surprise.
“This is a heavy-handed attempt to force through a bill that could not get any traction at all in committee,” according to a statement from Californians Against Assisted Suicide.
“It’s one thing to run roughshod over the normal committee and legislative process to jam through a district bill, but to do that on what is literally a life-and-death issue is clearly abusive, and should concern all Californians.”
The new push comes just days after a San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled against legalized physician-assisted suicide in California. In his decision last week, Judge Ernest Goldsmith voiced concern that legalized physician-assisted suicide would target patients who are financial burdened by medical bills.
What a HORSE LAUGH, that Assemblywoman Eggman, a “Catholic” from Stockton– says she discussed the issue of physician-assisted suicide with her bishop, and on that particular subject, the two “disagree!!” She needed a good Confession, with the bishop, during that conversation– NOT a discussion of her belief in MORTAL SIN, and her EVIL intent to use her job as a lawmaker– to enact laws, to KILL PATIENTS!! This is NUTS!! Upon hearing her Confession, if she was still unrepentant, and could not receive absolution– the bishop needed to warn her, to either repent, and publicly retract her position on this issue– or else, he will give her a letter of excommunication! DISCIPLINE is badly needed!!
The 2014 California DEMOCRATIC State Party Platform (goals) list:
Euthanasia (coded death with dignity), Abortion, Contraception, Sex change operations and hormones for life – – – – ALL at TAXPAYER EXPENSE,.
And advocates Homosexual marriage.
We can expect the same from the National DEMOCRATIC Party Platform at their next convention.
DOCTRINE of the FAITH – CCC: ” 2277 Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons.
It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.
The error of judgment into which one can fall in good faith does not change the nature of this murderous act, which must always be forbidden and excluded. “
It is quite simple – Assemblywoman Eggman is NOT Catholic. No one can advocate murder and be Catholic. One wonders just what kind of a conversation she had with her local Bishop. It should have ended with the Bishop advising her that if she persisted in her misguided actions, she would be excommunicated.
Being a volunteer chaplain’s assistant at a nearby hospital, I see patients every week who are in end of life condition. Suffering is rare due to modern day drugs, and spiritually, the patients have a positive outlook. Just who are these people who advocate murdering the seriously ill?