[Baptist Press News] 18 Oct 2008--Supporters of physician-assisted suicide may have found a roundabout way to legalize the procedure in another state.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, signed into law a measure that requires doctors and other health-care providers to give patients with a terminal illness, or who are believed to have a year or less to live, information about "legal end-of-life options" at the patients' request, according to Cybercast News Service (CNS). Under the law, doctors must tell such patients about "withholding or withdrawal" of even food and water, CNS reported.
The new law is "a backdoor way" of legalizing assisted suicide in the state, said Randy Thomasson, president of the Sacramento-based Campaign for Children and Families, according to CNS. Terminally ill patients could be sedated into unconsciousness and die from dehydration several days later, he said.