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End-of-life law now reduces waiting period to 48 hours

Original post made on Oct 7, 2021

The state's process of approving requests by terminally ill patients to end their lives will be streamlined, thanks to a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Oct. 5.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 2:57 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Monroe
a resident of Monroe Park
on Oct 7, 2021 at 11:45 am

Monroe is a registered user.

The sub-headling "New bill streamlines assisted suicide approval process" and repeated use of the word "suicide" in the text of the article are inappropriately prejudicial. The wording reveals either opposition to the new law or ignorance of progress on the right to die for the terminally ill. "Assisted death" would have been the better/correct term.

Posted by Monroe
a resident of Monroe Park
on Oct 7, 2021 at 11:54 am

Monroe is a registered user.

And who picked that picture of a bleak ward-like room with empty beds? I can't help but think that the picture editor is editorializing against the new law, too. Or is, at best, ignorant about the right-to-die movement and those who can take advantage of it to end suffering - usually at home and surrounded by their families.

Thanks to the legislators who passed SB380 and to Governor Newsom for signing it.

Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2021 at 2:38 pm

pearl is a registered user.

Dear Monroe,

Yes, I totally agree with your remarks. Thanks for posting them here. I am disappointed that the Palo Alto Online Editor(s) would opt to feature this negative, prejudicial article in Palo Alto Online.


Posted by Alice Schaffer Smith
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 8, 2021 at 3:11 pm

Alice Schaffer Smith is a registered user.

Amazingly, the state of CA still has on its books the state death penalty (state lynching?) but now has better right to die legislation. Someone with Alzheimers' diagnosis still can't ask help to die when still sentient, and has to go to Dignitas in Zurich or to Holland to effectuate that end. Reminds me of Texans having to go to Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma etc. to abort the product of incest or rape.

Do you think that Tesla is moving its headquarters to Texas because it wants to continue to have discriminatory practices which landed the company with ?$130m in damages for hate crimes it permitted to continue at its work place? Forum shopping?

Posted by Monroe
a resident of Monroe Park
on Oct 14, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Monroe is a registered user.

Dear Editor,
In any future articles on the subject of end-of-life laws or choices, please use the term, "aid-in-dying," the current and least prejudiced term. Make sure article authors do their research, including sources such as Compassion and Choices.

Posted by Lillian Taylor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2021 at 3:44 pm

Lillian Taylor is a registered user.

In Catholicism, suicide is considered a sin and I assume this medical-assisted version is also deemed unacceptable in other faiths.

Based on their non-deity beliefs, this measure is perhaps best suited and reserved for agnostics and atheists.

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