After months of work California’s death-with-dignity bill finally landed on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. Whether or not to sign it was a tough decision for brown for a number of reasons:
Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, signed a measure Monday allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to hasten their deaths.
Brown appeared to struggle in deciding whether to approve the bill, whose opponents included the Catholic Church.
“In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Brown wrote in a signing message. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
From right-to-die to abortion it’s depressing how many people define “pro-life” to exclude “anti-suffering.”
Thank you, Gov. Brown. You made the right decision. I’m sorry you had to defy the Catholic Church which once again, despite supposedly acting on the will of a supremely wise being, made the wrong one.
Tim Rosales, a spokesman for Californians Against Assisted Suicide (which works closely with the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church also said this group spoke for them), didn’t think so:
“This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,” Rosales said. “As someone of wealth and access to the world’s best medical care and doctors, the governor’s background is very different than that of millions of Californians living in healthcare poverty without that same access — these are the people and families potentially hurt by giving doctors the power to prescribe lethal overdoses to patients.”
Why? Are the poor immune to terminal illnesses that reduce quality of life to below zero?
There’s nothing moral about keeping a suffering person alive so they can suffer. It’s not like doctors can choose who dies, the person must be mentally competent and aware of what’s going on. But at that point these men of god would strip a person of the choice to not suffer.
That’s not love. It’s not pro-life. It’s just plain cruel.