by Michelle Moon
On Wednesday, Californiaâ€™s State Assembly resurrected the stateâ€™s assisted suicide bill and passed it. It will now move across to the State Senate, which has previously passed such legislation.
The votes came down 42-33 for passage of the â€œaid-in-dyingâ€ bill, after what the Los Angeles Times noted was two hours of emotional debate. â€œI am committed to this issue of people being able to die on their own terms,â€ bill sponsor Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) said of the legislation.
Prior attempts to run such assisted suicide legislation through California have been stalled and faced Democrat opposition. SB 128 had previously passed the California State Senate, but was halted amidst lacking support in the State Assembly.
In 2005, â€œRight-to-dieâ€ bill AB 651 was launched, but ultimately failed.
Californian Brittany Maynard has been used as the pretty poster child for right-to-die legislation since she moved to Oregon, where life-ending drugs are legal. Controversy erupted however, after she delayed her death.
Assisted suicide-pushing group Compassion and Choices used Maynard in an ad campaign advocating for life-ending legislation in California. Five states have passed such legislationâ€“Oregon, Washington, Vermont, New Mexico, and Montanaâ€“according to the group.
Assembly Health Committee SB 128 analysis read in part, â€œAIDS Project, Los Angeles and Equality California support this bill stating that this issue is particularly important because of its impact on the LGBT community, and noting that the roots of the death with dignity movement owes much to mothers of men dying painfully during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.â€
Assembly Member Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) wrote in a late August analysis of the special legislative session:
The end of session is also the time when political gimmicks flourish. Take Senate Bill 128, which would have allowed doctor assisted suicide in California. It didnâ€™t pass its committee vote earlier this year. Now, the bill is being resurrected, renamed, and taken to a different committee as part of the special session. A â€œHealthcareâ€ special session is supposed to focus on how to help provide healthcare to the needy, but it is instead being used to ram through legislation that couldnâ€™t pass earlier this year that has more to do with someoneâ€™s death than with their health!
Psycologist Dr. Gina Loudon previously commented to Breitbart News: â€œI could see incentives for doctors, as well, just like some already paid by Big Pharma for overprescribing drugs, for example.â€ She continued, â€œThis brings us to a Brave New World of imposed death by government, and an entirely new eugenics that would make Margaret Sanger blush.â€
Governor Jerry Brown has been hesitant to take a position in the debate, leaving the possibility open that he could yet veto legislation if passed through the Senate and onto his desk.