California Enacts Death with Dignity Law

October 6th, 2015 by beasleyferber

Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed the “End of Life Option Act.” The Governor issued a statement when signing the law which shows the careful thought he has given to the issue. As he put it, “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 or suffering.” He said that he considered the views of people on both sides of the issue. A former Jesuit, the Governor noted that he has “considered the theological and religious perspectives that any deliberate shortening of one’s life is sinful.” He concluded that someone who is dying, and is suffering or in pain, would consider the options afforded by the bill to be comforting, and he noted that, although he does not know what he would do if he were in that situation, he would not deny the right to others.
With this law, California joins Oregon, Washington and Vermont in having a death with dignity law.

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