Recently, a Superior Court judge in Riverside County issued a ruling overturning California’s assisted-suicide law. As expected, the ruling has been challenged. Still, I am grateful because it offers us an opportunity to revisit important questions about what constitutes healthcare – especially at the end of life – and about good governance. Acknowledging the strong emotions from deeply personal stories that accompany discussions about end of life, we nonetheless have a duty to develop policy based on the integrity of the human person and the common good. We need to discuss facts, rather than determining policy based on emotion and manipulated sentimentalism.

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