Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill Giving Dying Patients Access to New Drugs, Signs Assisted Suicide Bill

State   |   Wesley Smith   |   Oct 13, 2015   |   3:21PM   |   Sacramento, CA

This makes zero sense.

Last week, Jerry Brown signed assisted suicide into law in California. This week, he vetoed a bill that would have allowed dying patients to access experimental drugs in an attempt to live. From the Sacramento Bee story:

Less than a week after signing legislation allowing California doctors to prescribe their dying patients lethal drugs,

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have let terminally ill people petition pharmaceutical companies for access to experimental drugs before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The so-called “right-to-try” legislation had gained support in more than a dozen states, and it sailed through the Legislature with nearly unanimous support.

We see the same death-over-life pattern in Oregon, which rations Medicaid so as to prevent some terminal cancer patients access to life-extending chemotherapy, but never rations assisted suicide.

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Good grief: A “right to die,” but no “right to try and live.” Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.