Assisted suicide promoters are rejoicing after California’s Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 380, which will “dramatically improve terminally ill Californians’ access” to physician-assisted suicide.
Live Action reports:
California originally legalized assisted suicide in 2015 by circumventing the normal legislative process. At that time, proponents dismissed critics’ concerns about the possibility of scheming family members or unscrupulous insurance carriers abusing the law, insisting that adequate safeguards were in place. Predictably, when given an inch, physician-assisted suicide advocates will quickly demand a mile, and California is no exception. Formally titled the “End of Life Option Act (EOLA)”, the original 2015 bill included two specific safeguards that have now been overturned by this latest legislation.
Firstly, the EOLA had an expiration date of 2025, and secondly, individuals seeking physician-assisted suicide had to submit requests a minimum of 15 days apart. But having subsequently deemed such safeguards ‘unnecessary,’ the new legislation now extends EOLA through 2031, and has drastically reduced the waiting period to just 48 hours. The new law is slated to take effect on January 1, 2022.
Also of interest is a change in the wording of the law pertaining to healthcare organizations that conscientiously object to providing or otherwise cooperating in physician-assisted suicide. The 2015 law essentially gave organizations the right to demand a ‘non-compete’ agreement from physicians or other healthcare staff. For example, a doctor employed by a Catholic hospital could not also prescribe assisted suicide drugs for a separate entity without violating the terms of employment with the Catholic hospital. But now, following the passage of SB 380, conscientiously objecting healthcare organizations can make no such demands of their staff regarding what they do outside working hours and off company premises.
There is reason for concern in California and everywhere that physician-assisted suicide is legal. A recent Los Angeles Times investigation suggests that California is first in the nation in hospice fraud; presumably vulnerable individuals would turn to physician-assisted suicide in larger numbers after failing to receive quality hospice or other palliative care.
Euthanasia advocates consistently cite the need for accessibility, sounding eerily similar to abortion advocates, all of whom are supporting anti-life measures to kill people from the womb to the elderly and infirm.