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Californians With Terminal Illness Now Have The Right To Die On Their Own Terms


Health & Wellness  (tags: Right to Die, California, law, terminal illness )

Nancy
- 1075 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
The law was inspired by Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old California resident who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Maynard made national news for her decision to move to Oregon and seek care under that stateâEUR(TM)s right-to-die law.



   

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JL A (281)
Friday June 10, 2016, 7:30 am
Now for the bureaucrats to craft regulations to provide sufficient protection against indigent patients being pressured to make this choice.
 

Trish K (29)
Friday June 10, 2016, 7:53 am
The patient must have their wits and understand what THEY must do. Also death must be imminent within six months. The patient must ask for the drugs and administer them to themselves. It is my hope that every state will make this a law. Death with Dignity.
 

Animae C (508)
Friday June 10, 2016, 8:10 am
Before you all go advocating for legal murder i hope you have looked at it from ALL angles.

Belgian euthanasia promoter admits that there are problems with euthanasia in Belgium and author of Belgium law admits it was designed for people with disabilities
http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2013/11/belgian-euthanasia-promoter-admits-that-there-are-problems-with-euthanasia-in-belgium-and-author-of-belgium-law-admits-it-was-designed-for-people-with-disabilities/#.V1rWart96Uk

Euthanasia for children expands legal debate in Belgium
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/5269980

Belgium euthanasia experience teaches bitter lessons
http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=56453

Everyone has the right to die!!!
But be careful who you give the authority to!!
 

Sue H (7)
Friday June 10, 2016, 8:28 am
This is a blessing....but I'm sure it will be put to the test time and time again. Death with Dignity!
 

Janis K (129)
Friday June 10, 2016, 4:29 pm
Thanks for sharing
 

Freya H (345)
Friday June 10, 2016, 6:18 pm
If you do not control your death, you do not control your life. Yes, euthanasia should be strictly controlled, and those contemplating it should receive intensive counseling. Nobody should ever be pressured into it. On the other hand, we are all entitled to death with dignity. To those who say "Only god decides when you die," I say, "That is newspeak for you want to control other people's lives." Remember, "god decides" works both ways - are paramedics and ER doctors going against divine will?
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 1:54 am
Touchy subject--as this can make "being gently killed" an attractive alternative to what might be a temporary situation as well. Or to one who wants to escape life for the wrong reasons. Or to drs. or paramedics who are a bit too eager to help solve their problem---you. One never truly knows until the last day if there's zero hope. I have reason to say this. If I had been asked what I thought 10 yrs. ago, I would have said---grand--especially when there appears to be no hope and there is nothing but suffering for all concerned. Thanks Nancy.
 

Lyn V (18)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 2:04 am
Thank you Nancy
 

Mandi T (367)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 12:34 pm
There are going to be a lot of rules and regulations put in place for this from what I've heard.
But in my brother's case this would have been a Blessing. He suffered horribly for over a year dying of cancer.
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 1:03 pm
Sue says it all. Thanks.
 

margaret cochran (41)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 1:53 pm
don't know if this is good or bad guess it depends on the situation
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 2:46 pm
Noted. Thanks, Nancy.
So, Catholic-affiliated hospitals can opt-out of this. I think that's a mistake. I do believe there should be strict oversight on the regulations. And, I agree with Freya's above comment.
 

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday June 11, 2016, 6:28 pm
The research cited indicates that it is not the poor, or minorities who use this pressured, or not.
I believe in Death with Dignity, and having the choice. Freya's comment, "...are paramedics and ER doctors going against divine will?" says it well and, if there is a god, it would work both ways. this is one of those situations where the phrase "religion spoils everything," works well. Assuming a god, people clearly do not know his/her mind; will make opposing claims bout it, and back it up with their choice of circular reasoning, citing biblical passages either way.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 2:11 am
Noted
 

Roro l (0)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 7:11 am
Thank you

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 8:44 am
Whether you are surrounded by loved ones or on your own, your final journey is a personal one. If you are suffering, the right to die is your choice and yours alone.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 10:58 am
Thank you!

Friday June 10, 2016, 6:18 pm an excellent comment by Freya!

It is a complex issue that affects many not just the person in chronic pain. The proper behavior/measures on how to handle such an issue are deeply personal and need time to be worked through But one thing is not complex to me, and that is: what is referred to in the English language as body, vehicle, or vessel IS my own and NOT any government's: local, state, or federal. The final decision is mine and mine alone.

 

pam w (139)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 2:08 pm
Here in California, we're seeing all sorts of DIRE PREDICTIONS in the media from religious organizations and Catholic hospitals...blah, blah, blah.

I couldn't be happier, knowing I have a choice to end my own life when I choose. I've seen loved ones die of terrible diseases and would never want that for myself. No Pope or nun or Reverend Anybody has the right to impose their ideas of ''sin'' on me or my family. Oh...they couch it in smarmy statements about concern for the poor, blah, blah, blah....but we all know that's not what's really behind it.
 

Lenore K (0)
Sunday June 12, 2016, 2:29 pm
ty
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 13, 2016, 6:21 am
The right to give up one's gift of life?
 

Paola Scodellari (11)
Monday June 13, 2016, 10:45 am
Thank you for sharing dear
 

Janet B (0)
Monday June 13, 2016, 3:27 pm
Thanks
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday June 14, 2016, 12:57 pm
It works for me.
 

Janet R (38)
Tuesday June 14, 2016, 5:10 pm
Good news.
 

Harry K (0)
Wednesday June 15, 2016, 7:16 am
I think a person should die in peace at home, not plugged into a machine and suffering pain.
 

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday June 18, 2016, 6:39 am
Thanks for sharing Nancy.
 

federico bortoletto (44)
Saturday June 25, 2016, 6:28 am
Notato,grazie.
 

Dawnie W (250)
Saturday July 30, 2016, 4:16 am
❤️:-()❤️Noted❤️
❤️ Thanking you kindly for sharing this information❤️
💕💛ღ❤️Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ💕♥L💜ve, Hugs and Peace go with you all♥💕Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ❤️ღ💛💕
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 31, 2016, 4:06 am
This is good news and I hope it continues to move to every State in the Union. Like Pam has mentioned, I too am witness to a few people that suffered when there was no hope of a cure or getting better, those people expressed to me they wish it was legal to end their plight and not have to play out to the very end this pain they were in both mentally and physically.
 
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