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NCJ Number: 140775 Find in a Library
Title: Physician Aid in Dying: A Proposed Law for California
Journal: Criminal Justice Journal  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:(Fall 1992)  Pages:333- 344
Author(s): F J Girsh
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Death With Dignity Act proposed for California should be enacted, because it will provide dying people with dignity and autonomy, restore confidence in existing laws, and monitor the process that is already occurring.
Abstract: The law is similar to Washington's Proposition 119, but it contains significant additional safeguards. The law provides a choice to people with terminal diseases that do not have treatment that can be withheld or refused, as allowed under current law. It provides a choice without imposing a form of dying on those who find the suffering of death ennobling, those who are opposed on religious or moral principles, or those who choose to live their lives out to the very end. Thus, it is an insurance policy against unwanted suffering and loss of dignity at life's end. In addition, it would be limited to a relatively small number of cases, because it is narrower than the practice in Holland and also would not protect Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who assisted the suicide of people who were not terminally ill. The endless trivial objections raised to the law come from groups that do not want California's citizens to have a choice. Footnotes
Main Term(s): Euthanasia; Suicide
Index Term(s): Legislation; Medicolegal considerations; Right of self determination
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