California End-Of-Life Options Act

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 2, 2015
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

California End-Of-Life Options ActEver since Brittany Maynard's well-publicized decision to end her life through assisted suicide, there have been a rash of assisted suicide bills being considered in state assemblies across the US. Even in my own state of California. It's why I am asking you to pray against the passage of SB 128 currently being considered by our state – many disability organizations are opposing this bill because disability advocates realize that it could open the door to abuses; after all, who's to say when a disabling condition is "terminal?" Many people with significant disabilities could feel pressure from their insurers, and others may feel it's their "duty to die" because of inconvenience to the family. Some disabled people suffering from depression could, in the future, be enticed by an 'assisted suicide option.' Assisted suicide and disability are a bad mix!

For more info, read this recent article from the LA Times and use it to pray that God will awaken our state lawmakers to the dangers of legalizing assisted suicide. And if you live in California, by all means, contact your district's state assemblyman to express your views!


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I am on the opposite side of this debate, because I value freedom of the individual to make his/her own decisions. Oregon's law worked brilliantly for Brittany and for my uncle, except that both were forced to relocate to use it.
  • Oct. 3, 2015
  • 5:16 p.m.
  • JohnE
Joni - Thanks for your comments on SB 128. It has not gone to the floor for a vote in the California Senate. Please contact your state senator and then your state assemblyman if it goes there. Yes it would be especially hard on the handicap and the elderly. God bless you.
  • May 16, 2015
  • 9:33 a.m.
  • Bev Cielnicky
Just read today in the Sacramento Bee your article on this subject. Your writing is so relevant and true. I have cared for my disabled daughter since birth (32 weeks gestation/cerebral palsy). She is the light of my life, and my souls' salvation. Her life IS of Infinite Worth for she is a gift from GOD. She is now 36 & I am 62. I have no problem joining you in standing for the value of life. There is no "fence walking" on this either is "with" or "against" GOD (The great I AM) the Creator of all life. Being pro-life isn't easy, but living in a world where "life is cheap" universally would truly be living the realities of hell itself before death. God Bless you Joni, et al,.
  • April 24, 2015
  • 9:44 a.m.
  • Marietta Pellicano
I agree with you on this subject, and I am praying that it won't be legalized in our state of California.
  • April 2, 2015
  • 6:42 p.m.
  • Kellee Honea