Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Applaud the signing of a bill that would legalize doctor-assisted suicide in California.
Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Support Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill Persons In The United States, California has become the fifth state in the U.S. to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. The bill will allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to patients who are suffering from a terminal illness.
The bill requires that the patient is physically and mentally able to take the lethal drug themselves and that the patient make two oral requests, at least 15 days apart, and submit written requests to his or her physician. The requests must be signed and dated with two witnesses, one of whom can’t be a family member.
This bill can help to alleviate the pain and suffering of terminal illnesses, along with the medical bills that rack up in trying to keep the best quality of life for someone who is ill and going to die.
Applaud the passing of this bill that will reduce the pain and suffering of a terminally ill patient, reduce healthcare costs, and alleviate some of the emotional burden of families watching their loved ones suffer from an illness.
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing to applaud you for signing the controversial bill that will legalize doctor-assisted suicide in California, allowing doctors to prescribe lethal medication to patients who are suffering and dying from a terminal illness.
This bill will reduce healthcare costs, reduce the pain and suffering a patient with a terminal illness must endure while waiting to die, and reduce the emotional and financial burden for families who are watching their loved ones become a sliver of what they once were thanks to a terminal illness.
Although this bill is controversial, I think you did the right thing in giving those who are suffering an option during the most difficult time.
[Your Name Here]
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