California legalizes euthanasia

After two tries, Democrats Death Eaters who dominate the California legislature finally have their way:

Euthanasia by the clinical name of “physician-assisted suicide” is now legal, signed into law by Death Eater Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Steven Ertelt reports for LifeNews that on Oct. 5, 2015, California became the 4th state to legalize “assisted suicide,” following Oregon, Washington and Vermont — all “blue” states.

In his signing message, Brown said he signed the bill because he wouldn’t want to be in pain in his final days — regardless of the fact that pain relief is readily available without killing patients.

Carol Tobias of National Right to Life said this about the new law:

“The so-called ‘right-to-die’ movement promotes these laws as simply ‘another medical option’ at the end of life, but their real goal is euthanasia on demand for any reason. There are no real safeguards. It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. In Oregon, fewer than 6% of patients have been referred for psychiatric evaluation before obtaining life-ending drugs. Rather than treat clinically depressed patients, the Oregon system, and the system that would be established by the California bill, indicates that you instead help the patients kill themselves.

Ironically, the bill was passed during a special session of the California State Legislature, which was originally called to address cost savings for the state’s MediCal program. Indeed, there are many who would see doctor-prescribed suicide as a “cost-savings” measure. Writing about the bill’s passage in The New York Times, Ian Lovett quoted Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the medical ethics program at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine:

…[Kheriaty] said that low-income and underinsured patients would inevitably feel pressure to end their own lives in some cases, when the cost of continued treatment would be astronomical compared with the cost of a few lethal pills.

The California bill is modeled after Oregon, which, in 1994, became the first state in the nation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. Proponents argue that such laws are necessary to provide “compassionate aid in dying for terminally ill patients,” and point to safeguards similar to Oregon, but there are no real safeguards.

It is a well-established fact that nearly every terminally ill patient who desires death is suffering from treatable depression. In Oregon, fewer than 6% of patients have been referred for psychiatric evaluation before obtaining life-ending drugs. Rather than treat clinically depressed patients, the Oregon system, and the system that would be established by the California bill, indicates that you instead help the patients kill themselves.

The pro-life legal group Life Legal Foundation notes that the manner in which the law was passed invites a lawsuit to overturn the law. The bill, ABX2-15, was introduced during an extraordinary procedure by which the Governor can call the Legislature into session to enact legislation that cannot wait until the next regularly scheduled term. Governor Brown convened an extraordinary legislative session on June 19, 2015 to secure funding for Medi-Cal to provide for millions of new Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of physician-assisted suicide, which were not successful in passing legislation during the regular session, exploited the extraordinary Medi-Cal session to advance their agenda behind closed doors. Legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs is highly controversial and opposed by disability rights groups, hospitals, physicians’ groups, as well as by Life Legal Defense Foundation.

Life Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder said, “We expect our state legislators to uphold the State Constitution and not bend the law to further their own ends. Californians have a right to an open, deliberative, and transparent legislative process when it comes to law and policy changes that are literally a matter of life and death.”

While the California Constitution permits the Governor to issue proclamations to convene extraordinary legislative sessions, the Legislature is prohibited from enacting bills that are not the specific subject of the proclamation. In this case, Governor Brown’s proclamation expressly states that the purpose of the extraordinary session on Medi-Cal is to “stabilize the General Fund’s costs for Medi-Cal” and to “provide rate increases for providers of Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.” The Legislature was specifically tasked with enacting legislation to expand access to Medi-Cal services, increase oversight, and “reduce the cost of providing health care services.”

Brown himself has stated that the extraordinary session was not the proper vehicle for ABX2-15 and has recommended that the bill be taken up during the next session.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells LifeNews.com that people need to know of the dangers associated with assisted suicide:

“Does legalizing assisted suicide show care and concern to someone who is living with psychological pain? Recently, Dr Will Johnston wrote about a young adult patient who became suicidal after watching a video about Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon to die by assisted suicide. He said, “A primary risk associated with depression is suicidal ideation. The data indicates that legalizing assisted suicide does not reduce suicide, rather it appears to have a suicide contagion effect.”

Other experts on assisted suicide and euthanasia say lawmakers are ignoring problems in other states that have passed it. Margaret Dore, president of Choice is an Illusion, said this about ABX2-15:

“The bill is sold as giving people choice and control at the end of life. Yet the bill’s language is stacked against the patient and applies to people with years, even decades, to live.The bill applies to people with a ‘terminal disease,’ which is defined as having less than six months to live.  Most people thinks this means ‘dying.’ However, in Oregon, which uses a nearly-identical definition of terminal disease, an 18-year-old with insulin-dependent diabetes is ‘eligible’ for assisted suicide. Doctors are often wrong at predicting life expectancy. Sadly, this bill encourages people with years, even decades, to live to throw away their lives.

In my law practice, I started out working in guardianships, wills and probate, and saw abuse of all kinds, especially where there was money involved (where there’s a will, there are heirs). The California bill sets up the perfect crime: your heir can actively participate in signing you up for the lethal dose and once the lethal dose is in the home, there’s no oversight –not even a witness is required. If you resisted or struggled, who would know?

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The Netherlands and Belgium show how physician-assisted suicide can be and is being abused, resulting in doctors killing people who are not terminally-ill, including the elderly, the young, the mentally ill, and babies. See:

See also “Why you should be concerned that the largest U.S. nursing association endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for President” (Hint: Sanders is pro-euthanasia.)

UPDATE (May 16, 2018):

Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia has overturned the euthanasia law legalizing assisted suicide, ruling it unconstitutional!

Ottolia indicated the state legislature had improperly passed the assisted-suicide law during a special session that was supposed to be specifically devoted to Medicare funding.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Éowyn

28 responses to “California legalizes euthanasia

  1. I’m very glad to see this article, Dr. Eowyn, which is excellent.

    I am Brittany Maynard’s aunt, Alison Maynard. I can tell you, first off, that the so-called “protections” Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law provides against the exercise of undue influence on vulnerable people are illusory. I have requested numerous records required by Oregon law to be created, in connection with Brittany’s “suicide,” and been denied almost every one of them, on grounds of “privacy,” even though I am a close relative.

    As a result, and based on other findings, I have concluded the records do not exist and this event is a hoax. Brittany’s uncle is in military intelligence; there was no funeral; the Maynard family never got notice of Brittany’s wedding, cancer diagnosis, or suicide (we learned about all of it through the mass media, along with the rest of the world); numerous photos of Brittany have been published which are NOT Brittany–they are some model; George Soros funds “Compassion & Choices”; and many other reasons. My blog post about my findings is at: therealcolorado.blogspot.com/2015/02/brittany-maynard-my-undead-niece.html

    I was thinking it was insurance companies primarily behind this legislation, since they obviously benefit from being able to “off” you when you finally need care, after a lifetime of paying premiums. I had not thought about the guardianship angle until last night. That opens up a whole new window on the cynical push for this legislation. There is already a criminal enterprise in place in many states, consisting of judges, and court-appointed “guardians” and lawyers, set up to strip vulnerable people of their assets and then kill them. “Death with Dignity” .makes it so much easier.

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    • “this event is a hoax. Brittany’s uncle is in military intelligence; there was no funeral; the Maynard family never got notice of Brittany’s wedding, cancer diagnosis, or suicide (we learned about all of it through the mass media, along with the rest of the world); numerous photos of Brittany have been published which are NOT Brittany–they are some model”

      Good grief.

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      • My sentiments exactly. Let me add that it is not even legal, under Oregon law, to obtain an initial diagnosis of a terminal condition in another state, then move to Oregon to get the lethal drug. Only the physician who made the initial diagnosis can write the prescription. I asked for investigations from several agencies and was rebuffed.

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        • I just read your blog post on Brittany. Wow.

          Keep up the good work, Alison/dinophile. Don’t let the government shills get to you.

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          • I appreciate that very much! (They are doing their darnedest, by the way.)

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            • Have you spoken with Brittany’s mom about all this?

              I looked at the photos you have of Brittany and compared them to the ones published in People magazine. Please don’t be upset with me, but the woman in both sets of pics don’t look that different. The People “Brittany” appeared to be an older and fatter version of the Brittany in your pics — same dark hair, same eyebrows, same nose. Perhaps you can point out to your readers exactly what the differences are?

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              • I find it very surprising, that you cannot see these are different women. There is no way the woman on the cover of People is Brittany. For one thing, Brittany has a wider smile. Her hair is also more reddish. The cover model does not even have a fat face, whereas the woman in the video (made about two weeks earlier) does. (The video isn’t Brittany, either, though.)

                A couple of weeks ago I was looking at People while standing in the check-out line at the grocery store, and the headline was all about “Jen” doing this or that. The woman pictured on the cover was not Jennifer Aniston, however! So the use of models, fobbing them off as celebrities, is something People apparently does regularly.

                I have not talked to Debbie Ziegler since Xmas 1986. In fact, I have been unable to find her, although don’t want to talk to her, anyway. Debbie had her attorney threaten my brother–and threaten me–however, after I had contacted the funeral home and was told, “She [Brittany] is not in the system.” This shows they’re nervous.

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      • So is the Brittany Maynard “suicide” another false flag event???

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  2. Thank you for this horrible information, Dr. Eowyn.

    What seems obvious to me is the unspoken agenda of making it easier to remove inconvenient people. And with California being such an important state, this law poses an existential threat to every state in the union.

    So where’s the outrage? In my case, my anger and outrage are expressed in the time I take posting and commenting on Fellowship Of The Minds.

    ~ Trail Dust

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  3. are the invitations to congress in the mail? Then moonbeam brown can LEAD them all into doing themselves in to save the USA

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  4. Of course, the bureaucrats in Commiefornia will want to combine this with Obamacare (especially for those costly old/sick people) to save money…

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  5. What I find relevant in assisted suicide with other liberal causes is the fight to remove “mental illness” from their vocabulary. If you cannot properly diagnose a mental illness, then you have no responsibility for your actions. No mental illness (or depression) with a terminal disease, then take control and kill yourself. No mental illness with homosexuality, beastiality, pedophilia, then “love is love”. And of course, don’t mention the mental illness of a crazed shooter, it’s the guns that are the problem. If you remove the personal responsibility of actions, through the removal of defining mental illness, then you have government bureaucrats in charge, which is nothing more than control.

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  6. California promotes the sin of homosexuality through Hollywood and public schools, California still aborts pre-born babies and now euthanasia is legal in that state. Whatever will the Lord do with the California Culture of Death?

    The drought and wildfires in California are but the beginning of sorrows in such a cursed state.

    Lamentations 3: 64-66: “Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.”

    “California: The Great American Wasteland”
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2014/10/25/california-the-great-american-wasteland/

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  7. Don’t get sick while in California. And it would probably be a good idea to black out the organ donor info on the back of your license if you are visiting the state.

    -Dave

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  8. We have all been warned about the Culture of Death, and there are several organizations, Catholic and non-Catholic, that do what they can to combat it. But apparently, the numbers are not on our side. Or should I say the INFLUENCE. I am glad that Brittany Maynard’s aunt chimed in, because she identified GEORGE SOROS as being behind this. He has the connections and the money and the organizing machinery behind him to make evil things happen. My question is, Why doesn’t the Catholic Church—at least in the United States—have such machinery, funding and influence? Partial answer: We cannot get enough right-minded bishops and cardinals.
    DCG is absolutely right: It’s all about control. But let’s rewind it a bit: Vladimir Lenin was on the record as having stated that the only institution he really feared was the Catholic Church, because it was the only player with the GUTS to stand up to the communists. With the Catholic Church neutralized, the left has been enjoying its “walk through the park.” (More like the Valley of DEATH). There used to be a saying, “As Maine goes, so goes the Nation.” As the Catholic Church goes, so goes the World.

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  9. Well, pardon my in advance for sounding so cold and synical on a Friday night after a long week of work….but….the trouble with these “legal” euthanasia laws and the resulting services is that the “right” people never sign up for it.

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  10. this is a state that celebrates death (esp. death of traditional values)…
    kermit gosnell would’ve received a humanitarian award if he were in CA

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  12. A California Superior Court judge has overturned the euthanasia law legalizing assisted suicide, ruling it unconstitutional!

    http://www.lifenews.com/2018/05/15/judge-overturns-california-law-legalizing-assisted-suicide-rules-it-unconstitutional/

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  13. I’m really excited to see this. As Eowyn knows, I am the aunt of Brittany Maynard, who became the Soros-sponsored poster child of assisted suicide. I have investigated the affair and concluded that it is a hoax, and my niece (and her mother Debbie Ziegler) are off enjoying a pile of cash somewhere. The promotion of physician-assisted suicide is one of the most far-reaching and dangerous policy-changes-via-psy-op we have yet seen. My blog post is at: therealcolorado.blogspot.com/2015/02/brittany-maynard-my-undead-niece.html

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    • dinophile:

      I found a Brittany Lauren Maynard on TruthFinder (paid subscription), 34, dob Nov. 19, 1984, whose family members include Daniel Diaz (husband), Deborah Ziegler (mom) and William Ross Maynard. The report says that on Jan. 20, 2015, she purchased a home (15 Sandstone Ct, Alamo, CA 94507-1615) for $950,000. I’ll email you the report as a PDF.

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      • Yes–I know she is still on the title of that property at 15 Sandstone Ct., Alamo, CA. That is the house which has been passed off as the “married couple’s” since 2012. I doubt she ever lived there, but can’t say for sure. Note that the title in her name is inconsistent with what appears further down in the print-out, which is that title is in the name of “Daniel E. Diaz Living Trust.”

        I placed Brittany in New Jersey with a high degree of confidence in December 2016, and also placed David Diaz–Dan’s older brother–in the same county at the same time, so if she is married to anyone it is probably David. They were briefly also at that New York address which is in the printout. I have linked Brittany to the CIA not only through her mother’s brother David Quincy Ziegler, as my blog post details, but (with high probability) through the Diazes’ mother Carmen Menendez Diaz, who is from Cuba. I haven’t written that blog post up yet, but will soon.

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  14. Absolutly not true “regardless of the fact that pain relief is readily available without killing patients.” Pain killers must be increased due to your body’s toleration. By the time someone is ready for euthenasia the body craves more opioids to the point most people max out and there is nothing a doctor can do. Otherwise the poor patient will overdose.

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