Physician-Assisted Suicide, Pro or Con?

If you are a competent adult, as defined, you could have the right to make the informed decision to kill yourself – legally. Although the U.S. rid itself of the criminalization of suicide decades ago, there has been no softening of the stigma associated with the act of taking one’s own life. The general attitude toward the decision to do so is negative, and in many cases, critical. As a group of “competent” “adults,” we would like to submit our request for the right to make the “informed decision” to die on our own terms if and when we are ready to do so. A bill that could grant us that right sits in committee in the California Senate. This piece of pending legislation, SB 128, would “enact the End of Life Option Act authorizing an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal illness, as defined, to make a request for medication prescribed pursuant to these provisions for the purpose of ending his or her life.” In other words, if you are 18 years or older, dying within six months and mentally stable (as confirmed