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Friday, September 11, 2015

California to become sixth US state to allow euthanasia

California is set to become the sixth American state to approve euthanasia, a controversial issue in the United States fueled by the recent suicide of a woman suffering from terminal cancer.

"This is a historic step forward for Californians with terminal illnesses who have been looking to the legislature for the option to determine the quality of their final days of life based on their own personal beliefs," said Senator Bill Monning, one of the backers of the bill approved by the state assembly on Wednesday.

The measure, approved by 43 votes against 34, is expected to be adopted by the state senate this week.

Euthanasia, or assisted suicide, has long been a controversial issue in the United States, with Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington the only states to have approved it so far.

The topic was brought to the forefront in California by the case of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with a brain tumor who moved from San Francisco to Oregon and took her own life last November.

"Her case brought the story to the public in a way that hadn't been done before," said Monica Schmalenberger, an aid to California Senator Lois Wolk, a supporter of the euthanasia bill.



Anonymous said...

We euthanize all those afflicted with progressive liberalism as there doesn't seem to be a cure

Anonymous said...

All states already have euthanizing of the terminally ill. The come in with smiles and morphine bringing your heart rate and respirations until you heart quits or you simply slip away. Then they clean up and move on to the next victim. They have a name it is___________? Fill in the answer.

Anonymous said...

Good - let's start with Jerry Brown.

Anonymous said...

Hospice is the answer correct?