Wednesday, June 11, 2008

California Votes to Legalize Euthanasia

This has been a banner year for the culture of death in California. Of course, they don't use the term "euthanasia" but the new bill that was passed allows for a patient with less than one year to live, to be "terminally sedated" and dehydrated until dead.

AB 2747 would authorize total sedation without nutrition and hydration for depressed and confused patients, whether or not their natural death was imminent. The bill would also allow family members to order the death of a mentally disabled person when a nurse opines they have less than a year to live, similar to Terry Schindler Schiavo's death at the hands of her husband.

AB 2747 would allow a doctor or a nurse to opine that a patient has "less than one year to live," and then ask depressed patients if they would like to be totally sedated into unconsciousness. Total sedation is usually an irreversible procedure that does not include nutrition and hydration. If patients or decision-making family members fall prey to suggestions of total sedation, death from dehydration will usually occur within five days.

See the complete article here.


Lisa said...

HOLY COW! I hadn't heard about this, but it is very disturbing! California is certainly the extreme in this country, but I fear it has tended to be the trend-setter. Heaven Help Us!

Soutenus said...

Yesterday I read about the sex education program in (one? many?)San Fransisco public schools and the proposed additions to the program.

I did something very immature. I clicked away from the article as fast as I could - like an ostrich hiding its head in the sand. It was overwhelming. It triggered that fight or flight hardwire and I flew. :-(

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