%PDF-1.7 1 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Outlines 2 0 R /Pages 3 0 R >> endobj 2 0 obj << /Type /Outlines /Count 0 >> endobj 3 0 obj << /Type /Pages /Kids [6 0 R ] /Count 1 /Resources << /ProcSet 4 0 R /Font << /F1 8 0 R /F2 9 0 R /F3 10 0 R /F4 11 0 R >> /ExtGState << /GS1 12 0 R /GS2 13 0 R /GS3 14 0 R /GS4 15 0 R >> >> /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] >> endobj 4 0 obj [/PDF /Text ] endobj 5 0 obj << /Producer (ţ˙dompdf 1.0.2 + CPDF) /CreationDate (D:20221005090050+00'00') /ModDate (D:20221005090050+00'00') >> endobj 6 0 obj << /Type /Page /MediaBox [0.000 0.000 595.280 841.890] /Parent 3 0 R /Contents 7 0 R >> endobj 7 0 obj << /Length 6561 >> stream 0.000 0.000 0.000 rg BT 35.000 742.238 Td /F1 15.0 Tf [(Assisted Suicide Referendum Effort Submits Signatures to Elections Officials)] TJ ET BT 35.000 703.321 Td /F4 14.0 Tf [(Description)] TJ ET BT 35.000 674.131 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Sacramento, CA –  The Coalition Against Assisted Suicide announced today they are submitting)] TJ ET BT 35.000 659.479 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(signatures with elections officials to complete the referendum drive in opposition to legislation that)] TJ ET BT 35.000 644.827 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(allows physicians to help kill vulnerable Californians. “We are very grateful to the thousands of)] TJ ET BT 35.000 630.175 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(volunteers who collected signatures in opposition to this dangerous law that will put our most)] TJ ET BT 35.000 615.523 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(vulnerable Californians at risk,” said Dr. Mark Hoffman, the proponent of the referendum. “Submissions)] TJ ET BT 35.000 600.871 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(are being made in each county today, but it does not appear that we will have sufficient signatures. We)] TJ ET BT 35.000 586.219 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(had a very narrow window of time to gather the required number of petitions, however, even if we have)] TJ ET BT 35.000 571.567 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(failed to qualify the referendum for the next general election ballot, our work to oppose this law will not)] TJ ET BT 35.000 556.915 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(be over. We will explore other options, including legal action to protect vulnerable seniors, the infirm)] TJ ET BT 35.000 542.263 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(and the disabled from being pressured to end their lives prematurely because others consider them to)] TJ ET BT 35.000 527.611 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(be a burden or might benefit financially from their death. We believe that every life is valuable and is)] TJ ET BT 35.000 512.959 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(entitled to protection.” The so-called “physician assisted suicide” law had failed to pass through the)] TJ ET BT 35.000 498.307 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(regular process, when it became clear the bill was dangerous to not only the elderly, the infirm, and the)] TJ ET BT 35.000 483.655 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(disabled, but also to low income Californians.  Re-introduced as ABX2-15, the bill was passed by the)] TJ ET BT 35.000 469.003 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(Legislature in a special session for which the measure was not eligible to be considered. Shortly)] TJ ET BT 35.000 454.351 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(thereafter, Governor Brown signed it despite this illegality and then misstated the law in his signing)] TJ ET BT 35.000 439.699 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(statement. It will not take effect until 90 days after the special session concludes, sometime in 2016.)] TJ ET BT 35.000 425.047 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(“The referendum process proved to us that voters are concerned about this law once they learn about)] TJ ET BT 35.000 410.395 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the many flaws it contains,” Dr. Hoffman said. “For example, even though virtually every terminally ill)] TJ ET BT 35.000 395.743 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(patient suffers from depression, the law does not require any psychological examination of a patient)] TJ ET BT 35.000 381.091 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(before a physician helps the individual be killed by suicide. The law doesn’t even require a witness to)] TJ ET BT 35.000 366.439 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(be present to ensure that a vulnerable person is not killed by a third-party who might benefit from the)] TJ ET BT 35.000 351.787 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(death, such as an heir or insurance beneficiary. The law also asserts that these killings would not be)] TJ ET BT 35.000 337.135 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(considered suicides.  Accordingly, death certificates are not expected to list the real cause of death,)] TJ ET BT 35.000 322.483 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(which has great potential to exacerbate California’s serious elder abuse problem. Our petition drive)] TJ ET BT 35.000 307.831 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(showed that when voters come to understand the law’s flaws and implications, they reject it.” The)] TJ ET BT 35.000 293.179 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(referendum process is a difficult and rarely attempted one as proponents have only 90 days to secure)] TJ ET BT 35.000 278.527 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the approximately 366,000 signatures needed to qualify the measure to the ballot. The assisted suicide)] TJ ET BT 35.000 263.875 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(referendum had the added challenge of having to be conducted during the three biggest holiday)] TJ ET BT 35.000 249.223 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(periods of the year – Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Referendum proponents thus had little)] TJ ET BT 35.000 234.571 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(time to mount their volunteer drive. “Even if we didn’t have enough time to qualify the referendum to)] TJ ET BT 35.000 219.919 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(the ballot, the effort has proven to us that our fellow Californians are strongly against this law once they)] TJ ET BT 35.000 205.267 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(understand how dangerous it is to our most vulnerable citizens,” Dr. Hoffman said. “The public policy of)] TJ ET BT 35.000 190.615 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(California should not allow vulnerable, depressed, terminally-ill citizens to be killed. Our laws should)] TJ ET BT 35.000 175.963 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(instead ensure that seniors, the terminally ill and the disabled receive the medical and psychological)] TJ ET BT 35.000 161.311 Td /F1 12.0 Tf [(support they need when they are in a vulnerable state. 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