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June 08, 2005

California push for Insisted Suicide lacks enough support

From LifeNews:

A bill to make California the second state in the nation to legalize assisted suicide failed to get enough support in the state Assembly to be brought up for a vote. Bill sponsors plan to attach their measure to legislation in the Senate, but the bill will still have to come back to the Assembly for consideration.

The California legislature has reached the halfway point of the session and all bills hoping to stay alive must clear one chamber.

Assembly members Patty Berg and Lloyd Levine, both Democrats, say they are just a few votes shy of having a majority to pass the bill. But to keep their hopes alive, they must move the debate to the Senate.

Californians Against Assisted Suicide spokesperson Tim Rosales says the lawmakers are well short of the votes they need.

"In the 80-person Assembly, suicide advocates could only count on 15 or 20 votes of support," he said. "This latest setback in California is a crushing defeat for doctor-assisted suicide supporters."

Is it me or does anybody else see the cruel irony in people wanting a law that allows the infirm to kill themselves to be talking about “keeping hope alive”?

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 8, 2005 09:19 AM

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