When Governor Jerry Brown signed the state’s progressive, physician assisted suicide bill into law last year, it not only made California the fifth in the nation to enact such an initiative, it also garnered the ire of those who strongly opposed the legislation.
As a result, opposition got to work immediately and launched an all out effort to stop the legislation it in its tracks.
With only a 90-day window the opponents needed to secure enough signatures of registered California voters to place a referendum against the legislation on the next ballot. The effort was lead by a group identified as, Seniors Against Suicide, with the public support of the California Catholic Conference among others.
Last week, the opposition admitted it had failed to gather the required number of signatures to further its efforts. In a statement to the Catholic News Agency, the California Catholic Conference expressed its disappointment with the failed effort. At the same time, the organization simultaneously called for continued vigilance to protect the dignity of human life at all stages.
Passage of California’s right-to-die law last year, officially titled the End of Life Option Act, marked a major victory for the nation’s death-with-dignity movement. It allows terminally ill patients to seek medical aid in ending their lives. The law also requires the patient has been given six months or less to live by at least two doctors; has made two oral requests to end his/her life at least 15 days apart; and also, submitted a written request in the presence of witnesses that deems he/she is mentally capable of making decisions about his/her own health care
California’s End of Life Option Act, ABX2 15, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday October 5, 2015. That day the governor said, “The crux of the matter is whether the state of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life no matter how great his pain and suffering.”