Legislation ACTION ALERT | Assembly Bill 282 “Push Mama from the Train” Who Benefits?

It is not enough to have legalized assisted suicide, now the legislature wants to see it freely promoted.

Assembly Bill 282 obscures existing law and diminishes the legal consequences for deliberately aiding, advising or encouraging another to commit suicide. Contrary to existing statute, which rightly considers it a felony to encourage another to commit suicide, this bill seeks to loosen that prohibition in order to conform to the expansion of physician-assisted suicide under the End of Life Option Act. This allows heirs and others to encourage and promote suicide, without investigation or any fear of repercussion. The language of the bill may even allow for television, radio and other public advertising promoting ‘assisted suicide’ for the ill, and guidance for third-party encouragement and “personal promotion” of intentional medical killing.

Crucially, there is by design no means to determine whether or not “undue influence” or coercion played a role in the administration of the drugs. The would-be plaintiff is unable to allege any wrongdoing or testify in a legal setting on his or her behalf. They are simply dead. This measure is now in the State Senate Public Safety Committee and top of the agenda for May 15.

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