Re: California suicide law

Gina Miller (
Tue, 27 Apr 1999 00:42:31 PDT

Ok, I found this dated March 99

Assisted Suicide Pushed in California
SACRAMENTO -- March 1999 -- California could become the second state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide under a bill introduced by an East Bay egislator.
Patterned after Oregon's pro-assisted suicide law, the proposal by Assemblywoman Dion Aroner, D-Berkeley, would allow physicians to prescribe poison to terminally ill patients who have asked to take their own lives.
The patients, who would have to be expected to be within six months of dying, would then have to take the drugs themselves. The measure is sure to face powerful opposition from pro-life groups, some medical organizations, groups representing disabled people and the Catholic Church.
California voters rejected a slightly different so-called "death with dignity" initiative in 1992, but Aroner's bill is the first effort to seriously push the idea since Oregon voters made their state the first in the nation to legalize assisted suicide. In 1994 and again in 1997, voters there approved pro-assisued suicide initiatives. In 1998, the first year the Oregon law was in effect, 15 terminally ill people ended their lives with lethal medication. Eight other people obtained lethal prescriptions, but six died of their illnesses before taking the drugs and the other two were living when the study ended Jan. 1.

Source: California Pro-Life Council, 2306 J St. Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95816, Phone: (916)442-8315, Email:

Gina "Nanogirl" Miller

>>Gina Miller wrote:
>> What local paper did you read this in Spike? I've been looking
>> in Major California news papers and can not find a thing....
>San Jose Mercury News. Only read the first few lines. I believe it
>was Tuesday's paper, but now not sure. Jeff Davis are you out there?
>Can you help me out? Any other cryonicists? spike
>>the patient wants to be frozen? I understand the law makes
>> >it a felony to coerce someone into suicide. Does this threaten
>> >I saw in the local news that California had passed a new
>> >law making it legal to do physician assisted suicide. Does
>> >anyone know the details? Does this cover the medic if
>> >those who would introduce, or perhaps recommend,
>> >cryonics to a terminal patient?
>> >

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