A Cancer patient in California had been suffering from leukemia for the past 7 years. She filed a lawsuit against the state’s attorney general and San Francisco’s prosecutor desiring to obtain the right for physician-assisted death for patients who are at death’s door.
The 53 year old Christine White wrote in a statement that was released with the lawsuit. “I am suing the State of California to remove the legal barrier between my doctor and myself to help me achieve a peaceful and dignified death, at the time and place of my choosing.”
The lawsuit declared that the San Francisco Superior Court should clear any misconceptions. A California law that makes it illegal to help or advise an individual in the taking of his or her own life does not apply to doctors helping a dying, mentally competent patient. The lawsuit stated that these physicians are not influencing or helping someone to take his or her own life but provide the patients an alternative of a peaceful death.
On her behalf, attorneys for the Disability Rights Legal Center filed the lawsuit. Also those who joined in filing the lawsuit were five doctors who approve physician – assisted suicide.
There was also an incident four months ago, where the patient, Brittany Maynard who was 29 years old at that time, suffered from glioblastoma brain tumor. She transferred from San Francisco to Oregon to be able to avail of Oregon’s state’s Death with Dignity Act, wherein people with terminal illness are given assistance by the physician in bringing about their death.
Over the years, physician -assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia had been a controversial issue. Today it continues to initiate debates on whether to legalize the matter or not, although only a few countries support the idea.
Two California state senators last month introduced a law that would permit doctors to give terminally ill patients assistance to end their lives by prescribing a lethal dose of medication. The possibility that the bill would become a law is still uncertain. .