Suicide for terminally ill patients is now legal in the state of California. California governor Jerry Brown signed his state’s first assisted-suicide law earlier this month, (AB2X-15), which allows doctors to prescribe drugs that will enable such ‘eligible’ patients to take their own lives. The law becomes effective as of next spring, delivering a victory to the “Right to Die” and similarly-minded groups. In a statement that appeared calculated to attempt a delicate balancing act with stakeholders on opposite sides, while delivering a decisive conclusion, Governor Brown concluded: “…I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death.
I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged agony 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.” California now joins three other states which have enacted laws allowing for physician-assisted suicide. Those include Vermont, Washington and Oregon. The reaction to the new law was swift and strong. Opponents’ primary concerns were well voiced by Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest and many other key stakeholders. Protest views included the following: FULL REPORT