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    Californians Against Assisted Suicide is a coalition of disability rights, healthcare, civil rights and patient advocacy organizations dedicated to preventing legalization of doctor assisted suicide in California.

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Sacramento, CA - The California assisted suicide law unfortunately goes into effect on June 9th. Moving forward, the opposition coalition - Californians Against Assisted Suicide - and its partners - will be monitoring loopholes, continuing to be a steadfast voice against the law, and providing resources for Californians to bring to light the potential for and examples of mistakes, misuse, coercion, and abuse.  The coalition will also continue supporting partners and organizations that are educating interested parties about their options to opt out as permitted by the law. 

 

Immediately and in partnership with the national organization, Patients Rights Action Fund, the coalition is launching a new web page where concerned individuals, family members, friends can bring to light possible coercion, failure to identify depression or other patient mental health concerns, and complications that arise from the overdose prescription or process when assisted suicide is legalized. 

 

The new online resource is located at www.PatientsRightsAction.org/Stories and can be accessed by clicking HERE.

 

“As a glioblastoma patient, the same cancer that Brittany Maynard had, I have a unique understanding about what it’s like being told by doctors that I had only months to live,” said Patients Rights Action Fund president and assisted suicide opponent JJ Hanson. 

 

“I understand the immense pressure and feelings of depression that come with that diagnosis. That was more than two years ago and despite early setbacks, I would not still be here if it wasn’t for the support of my family, and second, third and fourth medical opinions. Our hope is that we can provide this online vehicle for patients and their families who may feel pressured by a daunting healthcare system, fear being a burden to their family, or are susceptible to suicidal thoughts when facing a seemingly hopeless diagnosis.”

 

JJ Hanson is a former Marine and aide to New York Democratic Governors Spitzer and Paterson, and has led the Patients Rights Action Fund since September 2015. The story of his battle with brain cancer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fo2uNqKMR8.

 

The coalition and its partners remain concerned that the law: 

 

•          Puts patients at-risk in a broken, profit-driven healthcare system;

•          Not everyone comes from supportive or caring families and the law creates a climate conducive to elder abuse;

•          Has very weak safeguards, allowing families to shop for other doctors to provide lethal drugs if their primary physician says no;

•          Does not require mental health evaluations putting patients with depression at risk;

•          Provides for no investigation of abuse claims; and

•          Requires neither family nor a neutral witness to be present when the lethal drugs are taken.

 

The Californians Against Assisted Suicide coalition has been advocating against assisted suicide since 2005. The new California law allowing doctor-prescribed suicide was signed by Governor Brown in October 2015. This bill received significant Democrat and Republican opposition in the California Legislature, particularly in the State Assembly. It stalled in the Democrat-controlled Assembly Health Committee because of a significant failure to receive adequate support. The bill was later passed only through the use of an unusual legislative maneuver that placed the bill into a Special Legislative Session on healthcare funding that bypassed many established legislative protections. 

 

Recent attempts to pass similar assisted suicide laws in at least fourteen other states, including Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine and New Hampshire, have failed. 

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  • American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today – Northern California (ADAPT)
  • American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today – Southern California (ADAPT)
  • Alliance of Catholic Healthcare
  • American Academy of Medical Ethics (AAME)
  • American College of Physicians – American Society of Internal Medicine
  • American College of Pediatricians
  • American Medical Association
  • American Nursing Association
  • Association of Northern California Oncologists (ANCO)
  • Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL)
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  • Berkeley Commission on Disability
  • California Catholic Conference
  • California Chapter of TASH (CalTASH)
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  • California Family Alliance
  • California Family Council
  • California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
  • California Latino Medical Association
  • California Nurses for Ethical Standards (CNES)
  • California ProLife Council
  • California Right to Life Education Fund
  • California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Californians for Disability Rights (CDR)
  • Catholics for the Common Good
  • Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association
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  • Disability Section of the American Public Health Association
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  • Independent Living Services of Northern California (ILSNC)
  • International Life Services
  • Joni and Friends
  • Justice for All (JFA)
  • La Raza Roundtable of Santa Clara County
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Life Priority Network
  • Life Legal Defense Foundation
  • Medical Oncology Association of Southern California (MOASC)
  • National Council on Disability
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  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • Not Dead Yet – California Chapter
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  • Oakland Mayors Commission on Human Relations
  • Patients Rights Council
  • Physicians for Compassionate Care
  • Placer Independent Resource Services, Inc.
  • Pro-Life America
  • Right to Life League of Southern California
  • San Mateo County, CA
  • Scholl Institute of Bioethics
  • Second Thoughts, People Living with Disabilities Opposing Assisted Suicide
  • Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative
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  • The California Catholic Conference
  • The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network (CBC Network)
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  • West Coast Pro Life
  • Western Service Workers Association
  • World Association of Persons with Disabilities (WAPD)