New York Times:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a landmark victory for supporters of assisted suicide, the California State Legislature on Friday gave its final approval to a bill that would allow doctors to help terminally ill people end their own lives.
Four states — Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont — already allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to some patients. The California bill, which passed Friday in the State Senate by a vote of 23 to 14, will now go to Gov. Jerry Brown, who will roughly triple access to doctor-assisted suicide across the country if he signs it. Mr. Brown has given little indication of his intentions.
Leaders of the “death with dignity” movement said they hoped the passage of the California law could be a turning point.
As human beings, we should have control over our own deaths with dignity if we are faced with a terminal illness. Good for California. There are now 4 civilized states in the Union. Only 46 more to go.
Of course there have to be safe-guards. However, why should the state have the final jurisdiction over our very lives. Anyone who has ever been with a loved one with a terminal illness knows exactly what I am talking about.