Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
"The crux of the matter is whether the State of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain and suffering. I have carefully read the thoughtful opposition materials presented by a number of doctors, religious leaders and those who champion disability rights. I have considered the theological and religious perspectives that any deliberate shortening of one's life is sinful. I have also read the letters of those who support the bill, including heartfelt please from Brittany Maynard's family and Archbishop Desmond Tutu... In the end, 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 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."
Letter to the Members of the California State Assembly, gov.ca.gov, Oct. 15, 2015
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Governor of California, 1975-1983 and 2011-present
31st Attorney General of California, 2007-2010
Mayor of Oakland, 1999-2007
Sought Democratic presidential nomination, 1992
Chairman, California Democratic Party, 1989-1991
CARE Ambassador of Good Will, Bangladesh, 1988
Worked with Mother Teresa, Home for the Dying, India
California Secretary of State, 1971-1975
Elected to Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees, 1969
Former Attorney, Tuttle & Taylor
Former law clerk to California Supreme Court Justice Mathew Tobriner
JD, Yale Law School, 1964
BA, Classics, University of California at Berkeley, 1961