June 15, 2016
A new law jeopardizes treatment of terminally ill patients, but some doctors are fighting back.
This past October, California governor Jerry Brown signed an assisted suicide law making it legal in the state for “physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent adults who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and face the expectation that they will die within six months.”
However, not all medical professionals and hospitals agree with the intent of this law. For example, just this past week all three hospitals serving the greater Palm Springs area of California refused to provide the means for a patient to receive assisted suicide. Desert Regional Medical Center and JFK Memorial opted out following the lead of Eisenhower Medical Center which “issued a policy saying the Rancho Mirage hospital was ‘declining to participate in all activities’ related to the new law.”