California ProLife Council, working in conjunction with a coalition of life-affirming groups, has defeated California Assisted Suicide proposals in the past.
But euthanasia advocates have promised to be particularly aggressive this coming year.
State Sen. Bill Monning intends to introduce legislation that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with medical assistance.
Monning, D-Carmel, announced his plan for a bill modeled on Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act on Friday during an annual legislative meeting with Watsonville officials.
Monning said he and Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, still are working on the legislation, but that it would authorize mentally competent people with terminal diagnoses and fewer than six months to live to legally end their lives.
Better known as assisted suicide, advocates prefer the term “aid in dying” to describe the practice of a terminally ill patient choosing to end their life using a lethal dose of a prescribed drug.
In California, several attempts to pass a law either at the ballot box or through the Legislature have failed, the last in 2007.
Brian Johnston, Executive Director of CPLC, has been deeply involved in combating each of the previous proposals. He says, “You must remember that this is not about helping comfort or alleviate pain for an ill or dying person, that’s what Mother Teresa did. This is about killing that patient instead.”