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 medications from their physician. As a neurologist, I know the desperation that drove the passage of this law. But, our current law lacks transparency or accountability, and Senate Bill 380 by Sen. Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) would make changes to the law, ultimately removing safeguards and making changes that are dangerous and unnecessary.

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