Would Right To Die Law Allow Doctors To Lie On Death Certificate?

After 23 years of attempts to legalize assisted suicide in California, lawmakers and lobbyists may have finally found a strategy that works: they just won’t call it suicide, writes the National Review.

Entitled the “End of Life Option Act,” California Senate Bill 128 mandates that “the cause of death listed on an individual’s death certificate who uses aid-in-dying medication shall be the underlying terminal illness,” not the lethal dose of poison that actually caused the individual’s death.

So, doctors would simply be allowed to lie on the death certificate.

Advocates of assisted suicide coined the term “aid in dying” and came up with the idea that killing oneself does not qualify as suicide if you have a life expectancy of six months or less.

However, it appears that it is not palatable enough to list the preferred misnomer, “aid in dying,” as the cause of death and that the only way lawmakers and lobbyists feel they can sell assisted suicide is to falsify public records.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418623/californias-assisted-suicide-measure-would-mean-falsified-death-certificates

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