California: Tell Your State Senator to Support Patient Choice at the End of Life

Time is running out! The California Senate has until June 5 to approve a bill that would legalize physician-assisted dying, or else the bill will automatically lapse — and the Center for Inquiry (CFI) needs your help to get it passed before the deadline.

SB 128, the End of Life Option Act, would authorize “an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal illness, as defined, to make a request for medication prescribed pursuant to these provisions for the purpose of ending his or her life.” The bill would also establish procedures for making these requests. 

Many people who are terminally ill want the option of meeting their death on their own terms, so that they can spare themselves and their families needless suffering. CFI firmly believes competent, terminally ill patients have a right to determine whether to prolong their life or hasten their death. Accordingly, CFI strongly supports legislation that authorizes physician-assisted dying.

However, adamant and well-financed opposition from religious institutions — especially the Catholic Church — has frustrated such efforts. We believe that at the end of a person’s life, no one else’s religious views should affect their medical care, including how or when they choose to die. Our lives don’t belong to any church, politician, or cultural tradition. Our lives are our own.

Five states have already authorized physician-assisted dying: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and New Mexico. With your help, California could take one step toward becoming the next.

CFI urges you to call or write your state senator right now and tell them to support Senate Bill 128! 

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Support Patient Choice at the End of Life

Dear [Decision Maker],

As a constituent, and friend of the Center for Inquiry, I am writing to urge you to support Senate Bill 128, the End of Life Option Act, before the bill automatically lapses on June 5.



Five states have already authorized physician-assisted dying: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and New Mexico. With your help, California could take one step toward becoming the next. I strongly support Senate Bill 128, and ask that you give it your vote.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]