California Governor Signs Assisted Suicide Bill

[Comment: Note the quote about why Governor Brown signed this bill after it was defeated 4 times in committee with weeks of deliberation: “”In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” the governor wrote. “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.” Unfortunately, it seems too many people base their judgements about physician-assisted suicide based on possible future self-interest rather than what the bill allows-medicalized suicide-instead of the terrible consequences on people at risk, medical ethics and society. N. Valko RN, 5 Oct 2015] California Governor Signs Assisted Suicide Bill Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to allow doctors to help patients die.(Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP) California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill Monday that allows for physicians to aid patients in ending their lives under certain circumstances. The new law, called the End of Life Option Act, allows adults to receive an aid-in-dying drug from his or her physician if the physician determines said patient is suffering from a terminal disease. Brown, who in his youth studied to become a Jesuit priest, wrote in a rare signing message for the bill that he considered the theological and religious perspectives that define any form of suicide as a sin. In his signing message, Brown said he discussed the matter with a Catholic bishop, two of his own...