Assisted Suicide Bill AB 374 is Shelved!
8 June 2007
For the third time in as many years proponents of
physician assisted suicide have come up empty-handed in California. This
year they had enlisted the aid of Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez as a bill
author. On this PAS third pitch, using AB 374 as their bat, they would
either hit a home run or strike out. They Struck Out !!!
AB 374 was shelved yesterday by bill authors Patty
Berg, Lloyd Levine and Fabian Nunez rather than have an Assembly Floor vote
which would expose the extent of the bill's weakness. This makes AB
374 potentially a "two-year bill", meaning that next year the
bill authors could bring it up for an Assembly floor vote in January. If AB
374 does not clear the Assembly by the end of January 2008, it is truly
dead. Conceivably, the bill authors could continue to try to get commitments
of support for AB 374 from other legislators between now and
January. The situation will be monitored.
For now, however, it is time to celebrate and give
thanks! Thanks for answered prayer and thanks for people who responded to
the call for help when needed. The relentless opposition to physician
assisted suicide applied to legislators and their staff in the district and at
the Capitol undoubtedly made the difference. Californians Against Assisted
Suicide brought together a broad coalition of organizations opposed to
this immoral, unethical, unnecessary and uncontrollable bill. And those of you
who made phone calls, wrote letters, visited district offices, collected
petitions, picketed, etc., etc., etc., you were the cement that bonded this
Coalition into a monolithic wall that AB 374 proponents could not penetrate.
In desperation, bill proponents tried to paint this
opposition as a group of religious extremists, principally Catholic. But
they really couldn't get traction with that shallow assessment. It could not
explain away the disabilities community, the medical profession, every
Republican legislator, and numerous
Democrat legislators who didn't buy the
promotion of death as a solution to the problems of life. Proponents have
a basic problem: the more that people find out about physician
assisted suicide, the less they like it. So keep up the good work of telling
others the truth about this evil proposal whenever and however it may be
packaged and presented. The truth shall prevail, it just needs to be told.
Life Priority Network