by Janice SanfordAssisted Suicide by Any Other Name is still assisted suicide…..
On February 15, 2007, Assembly members Patty Berg and Lloyd Levine introduced AB 374, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in California.AB 374 California Compassionate Choice Act is virtually identical to AB 654/AB 651, the legislation that failed in the 2005-2006 session. AB 374 would have made it legal for a physician to prescribe lethal drugs to a person, diagnosed with a terminal disease, who had six months or less to live.[In 2000, Terri Schiavo was placed in Woodside Hospice. A place where people go when they have been diagnosed as having six months or less to live. Terri was there for five years. She was not in the process of actively dying until pro-death individuals gave her "aid in dying."
Sanford also says…
“If the bill had passed, the phrase “aid in dying” would have replaced the phrases “assisted suicide” “Mercy Killing” and “homicide.”Mercy Killing- The intentional termination of the life of one human being by another.Voluntary active euthanasia or VAE – the intentional termination of life at the patient’s request by someone other than the patient.
The authors of AB 374 apparently feel that by replacing the phrase “physician assisted suicide” with “aid in dying” that it will change the fact that the physician intentionally helped another person commit suicide.”
Yep, those play on words actually change nothing! It is what it is!
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