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California Bullhorn: BAD ACTORS IN CALIFORNIA’S END-OF-LIFE INDUSTRY AND HEALTHCARE INEQUITIES RISK OUR HEALTH. SENATE BILL 380 ADDS TO DANGERS

The fight for healthcare in California is far from won. As we all endure a pandemic that has painfully cost lives of loved ones and livelihoods, the costs for all of us have been worsened by grossly lacking state oversight of senior and end-of-life care facilities and health disparities resulting from ongoing healthcare inequities.  Our …

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Mercury News: Minorities need health care, not life-ending prescriptions: How we care for the sick and dying speaks volumes about who we are as a people

In our Hispanic culture, caring for the sick and the dying is part of us. We hold the family close yet reach far to include many in our circle. We cherish the older generation, our abuelas and abuelos. And on dia de los Muertos we decorate elaborate altars to remember our beloved deceased. For the full article, visit Mercury News

Newsweek: California Must Reject Efforts to Expand Assisted Suicide

Some members of the California state legislature are pressing for legislation that expands assisted suicide. But making it quicker and easier for people to die, after more than 64,000 Californians lost their lives to the coronavirus, is misguided at best. Assisted suicide is a dangerous public policy that threatens Latinos, people with disabilities, our elders and the most vulnerable …

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California Globe: Protect Californians from End-of-Life Suffering, Neurosurgeon Says

Right now, we don’t know if people are being coerced into using physician-assisted suicide When confronted with terminal illness, many worry about pain, loss of control, and being a burden to their family. While palliative care already lightens these burdens, California passed the End of Life Options Act (EOLA) in 2016, permitting terminal patients to request a lethal dose of …

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Capitol Weekly: Keep the safeguards in California’s ‘End-of-Life’ law

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End-of-Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Brown in 2015. The bill was opposed by both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and Senators, but passed during a contested Special Legislative Session on Medi-Cal funding. For the full article, visit …

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Angelus News: Oppose SB 380: No person is expendable

Americans have notoriously short memories, and this year, legislators in California are proving it through Senate Bill 380, a bill that would remove mental health safeguards for terminal patients to end their lives faster than ever. In 2015, Californians fought against the End of Life Option Act (physician-assisted suicide), saying that it disproportionately preyed upon …

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The O.C. Register – California shouldn’t scrap ‘safeguards’ in End of Life Options Act

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was passed, many feel inappropriately, during a Special Legislative Session focused …

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California Globe: Proposed Amendments to California Assisted Suicide Law Makes Accessing it Easier

“When it comes to carrying out the death penalty for convicted murders, the California Legislature finds the lethal drug cocktails ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ which they say is a violation of the Eighth Amendment. Yet lawmakers were more than willing to approve a lethal drug cocktail to allow sick people to kill themselves,” I wrote in …

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Patient’s will to live can fluctuate 30%

A Lancet study found that “a patient’s will to live can fluctuate 30% in a 12-hour period and between 60-70% over 30 days.  Many people requesting assisted suicide have changed their minds –  some living decades beyond their prognosis, having achieved a cure for the supposedly “terminal” illness. For more information, click here.

It takes experience to know that sometimes you don’t know

Doctors are more often wrong than they are right in prognostication, and patients could throw away good weeks, months, years, or even decades over a best-guess mistake. Doctors use data and experience to give their best prognoses for fatal illnesses – but patients can live for months or even years. Here, a consultant explains why. For …

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