Doctor Death: The new assisted suicide clinic in California [CNA]


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http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/images/size340/Medication_Credit_ashley_rose_via_Flickr_CC_BY_NC_ND_20_CNA_2_2_15_pills.jpgOakland, Calif., Jul 14, 2016 / 03:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- You can’t put a price on most things in life. But you can, apparently, put a price on death - $2,000.

That’s what Dr. Lonny Shavelson is charging patients at his brand-new physician-assisted suicide clinic in Berkeley, California.

Last month, California became the fifth and most populous state to adopt a law legalizing physician-assisted suicide. The state’s End of Life Option Act went into effect June 9.

Shavelson, who had retired from practicing medicine, was drawn back after Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act last year. Shavelson recently opened the state’s first End of Life Options clinic in the Bay Area, where he will consult with and provide lethal prescriptions for patients who request them – and who may not be given the prescription by other doctors who refuse to write such prescriptions.

Under the California law, two doctors must agree that a mentally competent patient has six months or fewer to live. The patient then agrees in writing to administer the lethal prescription themselves. Currently, the law does not mandate doctors to provide lethal prescriptions if they choose not to do so.

Shavelson’s sudden reappearance in medicine and his past advocacy for assisted suicide has left many critics sceptical of his motivations.

“I think that what we have said about assisted suicide is predictably happening, which is [that] some individuals in the healthcare industry will take advantage (of these laws) and see this as a business opportunity, and take advantage of people and families at their most vulnerable time,” Tim Rosales, political director for the Patients Rights Action Fund, told CNA.

One of Shavelson’s most vocal critics is Wesley Smith, a lawyer, author, and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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#2

I shudder to think of the day when doctors could be mandated to write a death ending prescription. Currently, was the key word in that sentence.


#3

What happened to DO NO HARM?

California disgusts me…and i really wanted to visit san diego and see the pandas at the zoo.


#4

What is going on in California? Is it realistic that the next governor could rid of this?


#5

No. California is the 5th state in the US to have this law, and there are a good 20 more states going through the legislative process. It will be a pretty common law in the next 5 years or so.

Canada just passed a national law called Medical Aid in Dying and it went into effect last month.


#6

Liberalism is rampant in California. It is quite unfortunate.


#7

I don’t think Cuomo is too keen on it over here in New York.


#8

And do you think its a GOOD idea to help people kill themselves? There is no reason to SPEED up death…it just accelerates judgement day.


#9

I have known die hard Republicans who, after watching family members suffer through extreme and painful illnesses, say that they supported the person’s wish to die with assistance.

This is not a liberal versus conservative issue. This is a science versus nature issue. At what point do you take extra-ordinary means to keep a person alive? While I don’t agree with overt suicide, at what point do you stop treatment, possibly resulting in covert death?

Sometimes, I think we use science and medicine to avoid death. Death is, ever since Adam’s sin, what we have to look forward to. If we accepted this, instead of fighting it, this would not be a necessary industry in our society.


#10

I didn’t say one way or another. I just presented information on what states are doing in the US and what Canada has just enacted.


#11

One should always try to keep another person alive. Treatment should only be stopped when there are no solutions.


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