Wednesday, January 21, 2015
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove released the following statement to express her opposition to a newly released piece of legislation (SB 128), which would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients who want to commit suicide. The bill is authored by Senator Bill Monning (D-San Luis Obispo) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Napa).
“Healthcare providers should be focused on easing our suffering and saving our lives, not offering us a quick way to end it,” said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. “All human beings are valuable to God and the Constitution mandates the state protect and preserve innocent life. Suicide should never be used as a legitimate way to end human suffering.”
“Although promoted as a compassionate option for the terminally ill, this bill will have a corrupting influence on public and private healthcare providers looking for ways to reduce the cost of end of life care,” said Grove. “It is already happening in Oregon.”
Assemblywoman Grove points to a news article that tells the story of uninsured terminally ill patients in Oregon who applied for expensive chemotherapy treatment from the state run health plan, but were denied and offered doctor-assisted suicide instead.