Assisted suicide cannot be a priority for end-of-life policy

Assisted suicide cannot be a priority for end-of-life policy

“You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can , not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

– Dame Cicely Saunders, Physician, nurse, social worker, and founder of the modern hospice

As a physician watching assisted suicide go from public policy to “medical” practice here in California, I see my own patients with chronic, life threatening illnesses as, perhaps inadvertent, but vulnerable targets of this dangerous legislation.  The experience of depression in the context of terminal illness is everywhere.  I am grateful to our own Congressman here in Orange, Lou Correa, for standing up for those who end up with less choice under the law by cosponsoring bipartisan legislation in D.C. that outlines these dangers.  This is in gratitude to the 12 cosponsors of this bill, 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans, coming together to do something right.

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