ABX2-15, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 5, makes it legal for physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to assist terminally ill patients to take their own life. Originally known as SB 128, the bill was pulled from consideration in July by the Assembly Health Committee when its sponsors conceded that it didn’t have enough support. Soon thereafter it was considered and quickly passed in a special session, so lawmakers did not have time to consider the complex financial, medical, ethical and public policy questions involved in terminal illness and end-of-life care. A referendum effort is now underway in an effort to overturn the law.
The Diocese of Orange has prepared two documents to assist in the referendum effort. Each document is available as a pdf for viewing, sharing and downloading.
Click here to view “New Messaging and Talking Points for California’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law.”
Click here to view “Frequently Asked Questions: ABX2-15 / Legalized Physician-Assisted Suicide?