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Californians Against Assisted Suicide - Controversial Bill, AB 2747 Narrowly Passes Assembly
Date:5/29/2008

Serious questions loom as the legislation goes to the Senate

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- After three defeats of assisted suicide legislation in just as many years, the pro-assisted suicide group Compassion and Choices (C&C) is now sponsoring AB 2747 (Berg/Levine). This new bill represents a strategy change for assisted suicide proponents and paves the way for their future efforts. As part of a coordinated national campaign promoting the culture and legalization of assisted suicide, C&C is also supporting similar legislation, H. 804 which was introduced earlier this year in the Vermont legislature.

This bill would mandate that physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants give a patient, while being diagnosed with a terminal illness or with a prognosis of one year to live, information about pain management options that are fitting only for persons who are imminently dying.

"AB 2747 has very little to do with improving care. Instead it is a vehicle for Compassion and Choices' long-term agenda. Let's not forget that this is the organization formerly known as the Hemlock Society," noted Marilyn Golden, Policy Analyst, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund.

"It sets the stage for Compassion and Choices' hoped-for future legalization of assisted suicide in California. It would mandate that doctors discuss with patients still a year from death, unusual end-of-life courses of action including voluntarily starving and dehydrating themselves. The opposition by the doctors who are most experienced with end-of-life care, such as the Association of Northern California Oncologists, illustrates how medically inappropriate these mandates are."

AB 2747 was narrowly approved by the State Assembly yesterday by two votes and had bipartisan legislative opposition. The bill now moves to the State Senate.

AB 2747 also has received strong opposition from organizations including: Association of Northern Ca
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