When assisted suicide was narrowly passed with bipartisan opposition during a special legislative session on Medi-Cal in 2015, then-Senator Bill Monning, a co-author of the bill, assured opponents in California Healthline that, “the joint and co-authors on this bill … have endeavored to build in protections in this [measure] that are stronger than the protections in any of the states where this has been practiced." Now the bill authors are trying to weaken their own “safeguards.” ”
SB 380 (Eggman) will roll back the following “safeguards” that were assured in 2015 including:
- Prematurely ending the existing 2025 sunset date and legislative reevaluation option four years early with little to no scientific data to support this action (especially in light of the worldwide pandemic);
- No future oversight or evaluation of Annual reports about assisted suicide requests and their out outcomes. Existing reports do not contain any data regarding complications, reasons for requesting the lethal drugs, and for the limited data provided, much is listed as “unknown.”
- Removes the 15 day waiting period “safeguard.”
Please URGE your legislators to vote no on SB 380 and protect patients.