State to Hear Arguments for Physician Assisted Suicide
Whether California should follow Oregon’s lead and allow physician assisted suicide for the terminally ill is the subject of a hearing at the state Capitol Friday.
Thursday, February 3, 2005
This will be the second hearing this year on the subject of physician assisted suicide held by California state lawmakers. Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Dave Jones says he hasn’t made up his mind yet on the issue. Cut: DaveJ1 (:17) “We’ve got a number of witnesses who are going to talk about the issue of capability of individuals to make this kind of choice, and what safeguards have been used in Oregon to make sure people are making a choice of their own free will.” Ethics and hospice care experts will be among those testifying. The first hearing last month focused on Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, that’s been in place since 1997. It allows terminally ill residents to seek a doctor’s prescription for self-administered lethal drugs. SOC