Bill Makes California the Fifth US State to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide

by Reshma Anand on  October 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM General Health News
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After the controversial bill on euthanasia came into effect, California becomes the fifth US state to allow physician-assisted suicide, The bill now lets terminally-ill patients seek doctor's help to end their lives.
Bill Makes California the Fifth US State to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide
Bill Makes California the Fifth US State to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide
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Governor Jerry Brown said he consulted members of the Catholic Church, which is opposed to measure, as well as physicians, before making the decision.

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"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," said the 77-year-old governor.

The bill makes California the fifth US state to allow assisted suicide after Montana, Oregon, Washington and Vermont.

Euthanasia has long been a controversial issue in the United States. The topic was brought to the forefront in California by the case of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with a brain tumor who moved from San Francisco to Oregon and took her own life last November.

Source: AFP
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