Veto assisted suicide bill ABX2-15
Dear Governor Brown:
I am asking you to protect Californians. I am asking you to veto the assisted suicide bill ABX2-15.
This assisted suicide bill has been sold to legislators as a means of providing greater choice and control over one's death. This is not true. As national disability rights leader Diane Coleman stated:
"Who actually has choice and control under assisted suicide laws? Anyone could ask their doctor for assisted suicide, but the law gives the authority to doctors to determine who is eligible. Doctors make the determination that a person is terminally ill and likely to die in six months, and that the request for assisted suicide is voluntary and informed. The advertised “safeguards” in assisted suicide bills are entirely in the hands of doctors, from the diagnosis, prognosis, disclosures, request form, decision whether to refer for psychological assessment, prescription and report after death."
Abuse of the law is likely, especially with the imprecise language in the bill. Abuse of assisted suicide laws results in death. Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst for the California based Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, stated in an article published in the Los Angeles Times concerning the earlier version of the bill:
“If this bill passes, some people’s lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse. No safeguards have ever been enacted or proposed that can prevent this outcome, which can never be undone.”
Please protect Californians. Veto assisted suicide bill ABX2-15.