FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2015
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Senator Huff Responds to Governor’s Signature on “End of Life” Legislation
SACRAMENTO: Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) issued the following response to the Governor’s decision to sign ABX2 15, which will allow California physicians to prescribe death for patients.
“Let’s call this for what it really is: It’s not death with dignity. This is state-assisted death, physician assisted death and relative assisted death. Oncologists who treat cancer patients do not want the tag of “doctor of death” — they want to provide a cure, or at a minimum, hope for a cure. A doctor’s diagnosis is at best a guess — nothing is certain. Many patients go into depression when they hear their illness is terminal, but while depression is treatable, suicide — even if state sanctioned — is not. By signing this legislation, the Governor ignores warnings from many physicians that patients facing end of life decisions may be subtly pressured to choose death rather than hold out hope for a cure.”
Senator Huff represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.