Statement of the Association of Northern California Oncologists and the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California Regarding CMA’s change of position on Senate Bill 128
“Despite the amendments agreed to by the CMA and the authors of Senate Bill 128, the two oncology associations in California remain opposed to SB128. No amendments can change the fact that ‘an act that directly causes the patient’s death’ is contrary to the role of the physician.
For many practicing physicians, end of life issues are purely theoretical. For oncologists, it is an everyday part of their practice to assist the patient in a comfortable death, as many forms of Cancer are incurable. We feel that better palliative care efforts can improve end of life care when death is inevitable, without the guilt and ethical dilemma engendered by SB128.
As the physicians who will be most affected by SB 128, we continue to ask legislators to oppose this legislation.”