California Bill Would Fast-Track Assisted Suicide| National Catholic Register

Catholic leaders and disability rights activists have raised alarm over a bill moving through the California Legislature that would shorten the length of time needed between requests for lethal drugs and make assisted suicide permanently legal in the state. Ned Dolejsi, interim executive director of the California Catholic Conference, told the Register SB 380 is “an ideologically driven bill,” adding, “it’s not protecting people who are vulnerable and it’s not protecting the common good.”  Under SB 380, patients with a terminal illness who are expected to die within six months would be allowed to receive a lethal prescription by making two requests separated by 48 hours. Current law mandates a 15-day waiting period between requests. Patients would also no longer need to make a final attestation before their death.  SB 380 would also eliminate a sunset provision in the End of Life Option Act, which legalized assisted suicide, that would have ended the law in 2026. 

California Bill Would Fast-Track Assisted Suicide| National Catholic Register

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