Sacramento, CA - The No On SB 128/Californians Against Assisted Suicide coalition issued the following statement today from Marilyn Golden, No On SB 128 co-chair and Senior Policy Analyst for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund:
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Statement from the Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, Ned Dolejsi regarding SB 128 (Physician-Assisted Suicide)
"This morning we received the news that SB128 has been pulled from the agenda at the Assembly Health Committee and that the bill will not be considered again this year.
Two recent court decisions have eroded limits of the Netherlands 2002 euthanasia law, appearing to open assisted suicide doors even wider in a country which now euthanizes nearly 5,000 people a year.
In Oregon, legislators are making similar attempts to expand when people can ask a physician to help them kill themselves.
Oregon's first-in-the-nation law empowers doctors to give life-ending drugs to people if they are judged to be within six months of death. Oregon's law is widely used as the standard for similar measures proposed this year in at least 20 states.
Barely noticed, however, is the desire of a key Oregon physician-assisted suicide legislator to double the "likely-to-die" window for death medicine to a full year.
College freshman Lauren Hill, 19, died of inoperable brain cancer on April 10, surrounded by family and mourned by thousands.
Hill was a typical teen. She was a good student and good high school basketball player; colleges wanted her.
But three years ago she was diagnosed with a cancer that mostly strikes children. It is almost never survived.
On March 25, in a packed hearing room at the state Capitol, the Senate Health Committee voted 6 to 2 in favor of SB 128, California’s doctor-prescribed suicide bill. Democrats voted in favor, with the two Republicans opposed. Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento and a physician, abstained.
"Today's action by the Senate Health Committee to advance SB 128 is sad and disappointing,” said Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference.
Ned Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement today following a state Senate committee vote approving SB 128 (Wolk) a proposed law legalizing physician assisted suicide. The bill must still be considered by the Senate Judiciary and Appropriations Committees before it reaches the full Senate.
"Today's action by the Senate Health Committee to advance SB 128 is sad and disappointing.
Paralyzed from the neck down, confined to a wheelchair, Ed Roberts could move only two fingers. A breathing tube draped from his mouth, Roberts slept in an iron lung.
For many who advocate assisted suicide, the challenges of Roberts’ life made him eligible for ending that life early. Instead, Roberts lived a life devoted to promoting the rights and abilities of himself and others.
Robert fought to attend the University of California after it said he couldn’t because of his disability, earning his bachelor’s degree, then his masters.