Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"In 1992, we opposed an initiative, defeated by voters, that would have allowed assisted suicide in California. We were concerned that healers not become those who take life in the fashion of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the pathologist currently imprisoned in Michigan on a murder conviction in an assisted-suicide case.
A more recent concern is that Oregon - or California - could become like the Netherlands, where assisted suicide (in which the patient is enabled to take a deadly action) seems to be leading to legalized euthanasia (in which a doctor directly kills the patient). The Dutch now have what they call 'ending life without the explicit request of the patient.' Although still illegal, it is winked at in practice.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court decision has given new life to a bill introduced in the California Legislature last year, but not passed, that would legalize assisted suicide in this state. AB651 is by Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka. She told the Jan. 18 San Francisco Chronicle that the decision provides an opportunity 'to re-look at this bill.' Let's hope not."
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