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California Backs Suicide During Prevention Week

Courting the culture of death.

Sep. 10, 2015

Of all the times to do it, they decided to move smack dab in the middle of Suicide Prevention Week. In a 43-34 vote Wednesday, the California Assembly approved a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide. The measure will be sent back to the state senate, where it will probably pass and arrive on the governor’s desk. In advancing this legislation, California is embracing a culture of death like its northern neighbor, Oregon. Last year, National Review’s Wesley Smith reported that the state’s health department said it would never put a cap on the number of assisted suicides it would perform. “I think it might also reflect the view I am detecting among the technocratic class that assisted suicide/euthanasia eventually become not just an option, but the preferred ‘choice,’” Smith wrote. There still may be a chance to stop suicide from being the law of the land in California, however, as Reuters reports that Governor Jerry Brown studied at a Jesuit seminary before taking up politics. Perhaps the Catholic Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life will compel him to pick up the veto pen, but we doubt it.

Update: The state senate likewise passed the measure Friday.

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