Legislators Heard Assistant Suicide Testimony from Both Sides
Legislators heard conflicting testimony Friday on the competency of terminally ill patients to make end of life decisions.
Friday, February 4, 2005
The Assembly’s Aging and Long Term Care Committee and its Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing on the ethics of doctor-assisted dying for terminally ill patients. Oregon resident Steve Mason, who expects to die within months from lung cancer, said he’s looking forward to taking advantage of his state’s Death with Dignity law. CUT: MASON15 :15 The issue has divided senior citizens and the disabled community, who fear subtle pressure will push many to say they want to die when they really want to live. Democratic Assembly members Lloyd Levine and Patty Berg plan to introduce a California version of Oregon’s law later this month. A similar bill failed in the legislature six years ago. SOC