Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Legalize physician-assisted suicide so that terminally-ill people can die with dignity if they so choose.
Terminally-ill Californians might soon be able to choose to end their lives on their own terms with the help of their doctors, if legislation currently being discussed in the state legislature becomes law. People should not be forced to endure months of pain and suffering before an inevitable death if they do not want to. Demand that this proposal be signed into law immediately.
Physician-assisted suicide is still a controversial issue for many Americans, but it is already an option in four states. California is aiming to add a fifth to that list. The proposal currently being discussed would give doctors the legal ability to give patients with less than six months to live lethal doses of drugs with which to commit suicide if the patient so chooses.
Though the proposal has its critics, it contains a number of safeguards to ensure that the law is not abused or that any patients who do not actively want to end their lives die. The patient requesting the drugs would need to successfully pass mental evaluations to make sure that they are of sound mind and capable of making such a decision themselves. Additionally, they would have to be able to administer the medication dose themselves, as doctors would not be permitted to do the deed.
People deserve the right to choose to end their time on this earth on their own terms when they have a terminal illness. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Jerry Brown approve this proposal when it arrives on his desk so that Californians can finally have that right.
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing you today regarding SB 128, a piece of legislation that will hopefully end up on your desk in the near future. This may be a difficult bill for you to sign into law, but I urge you to do so all the same.
SB 128 will give people in your state who have terminal illnesses the option to end their lives with the assistance of their doctor if they want to do so and are mentally competent to make such a profound decision. It’s a right most Americans have been without for far too long.
It’s been reported that deciding on whether to approve this bill into law may be a struggle for you, given your devout Catholic background. While I respect that difficulty, I urge you to remember that religion is no sound basis for our nation’s laws. Like abortion, individuals deserve at least the chance to be able to make such a decision for themselves.
People should not be forced to suffer pain and agony for months before an inevitable death if they do not want to. I urge you to sign SB 128 into law when it arrives on your desk so that they won’t be forced to any more.
[Your Name Here]
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