Xavier Becerra’s troubling support for assisted suicide

Xavier Becerra’s troubling support for assisted suicide

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is currently participating in confirmation hearings to join the Biden administration as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Though Becerra has already come under heavy fire from pro-life groups for his attacks on pro-life journalists and pregnancy resource centers, another troubling issue has arisen: Becerra’s support for assisted suicide in California.

In 2015, California legalized assisted suicide, despite opposition from both religious and disability rights groups. Almost two years after it took effect, however, Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia overturned the law, pointing out the bill was shoved through a special session that was meant to be dedicated to Medicare funding.

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Swiss assisted suicide deaths increase. Problems continue.

Swiss assisted suicide deaths increase. Problems continue.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Swiss Exit suicide organization reported that they assisted 1282 suicide deaths in 2020 up from 1218 in 2019.

Swissinfo reported that:

EXIT Deutsche Schweiz, which covers the German and Italian-speaking parts of the country, saw a rise of 51 assisted suicides as it helped 913 people terminate their lives in 2020. More people living in French-speaking Switzerland also ended their lives last year, as 369 people used the services of EXIT Suisse Romande.

The article states that fewer people died by assisted suicide from March to May 2020 due to COVID -19.
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Why on Earth? A Psychiatrist, Philosopher, Comedian and Theologian Discuss Darkness, Suicide and Hope

Why on Earth? A Psychiatrist, Philosopher, Comedian and Theologian Discuss Darkness, Suicide and Hope

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‘Angel of Grief,’ sculpted in 1894 by William Wetmore Story, serves as the gravestone of the artist and his wife Emelyn at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.

All of human experience — including its most tragic elements — needs to be brought into the light so we can better understand that we are created in love, fallen in sin, and redeemed by an all-loving God.

This article was originally published in The Daily Register. Click here to read the Original Article

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Joe Biden’s HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra Supported Assisted Suicide in California

Joe Biden’s HHS Nominee Xavier Becerra Supported Assisted Suicide in California

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Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

In 2018, Becerra called the ruling “an important step to protect and defend the End of Life Option Act for our families across the state.”

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Stephen Mendelsohn – Testimony opposing Connecticut assisted suicide Bill HB 6425

Stephen Mendelsohn – Testimony opposing Connecticut assisted suicide Bill HB 6425

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Testimony in strong opposition to HB 6425 

An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients February 26, 2021 

Senator Abrams, Representative Steinberg and members of the Public Health Committee:

Stephen Mendelsohn, Second Thoughts

I am an autistic adult and one of the leaders of Second Thoughts Connecticut, a coalition of disabled people opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide. Our group works with national disability rights organizations including Not Dead Yet and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund to oppose such legislation. Second Thoughts Connecticut is a member of the Connecticut Suicide Advisory Board. Personally, I serve on the board of directors of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition-USA and previously served on the Connecticut MOLST Task Force. 

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Shocking Report Shows Doctors in Belgium and Netherlands are Euthanizing Thousands of Patients

Shocking Report Shows Doctors in Belgium and Netherlands are Euthanizing Thousands of Patients

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There has been a rapid rise in deaths caused by euthanasia across Belgium and the Netherlands, according to a Vienna-based bioethics institute. Antonia Tully, of the SPUC Lives Worth Living Campaign, said: “It is sad that people see death as the solution to their problems. But this is how people start to think once euthanasia has been legalised.”

The Vienna-based Institute for Medical Anthropology and Bioethics (IMABE) reported this month that the number of people killed by euthanasia and assisted suicide had surged in Belgium from just 24 in 2002 to 2,656 in 2019.

During the same period, the number of people killed by assisted suicide in the Netherlands increased from 1,882 to 6,361.

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California Bill to Force M.D. Participation in Assisted Suicide

California Bill to Force M.D. Participation in Assisted Suicide

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This article was published by National Review online on February 11, 2021
Wesley Smith

By Wesley Smith


When activists successfully legalized assisted suicide in California, they persuaded the California Medical Association to shift from opposition to neutrality with the promise that no doctor would be forced to participate. But here’s the thing with assisted suicide: Such promises are made to be broken.

Now that assisted suicide is well-ensconced in California culture, a bill has been filed that would destroy medical conscience for doctors who oppose assisted suicide. From SB 380 (new text in italics):

(3) If a health care provider is unable or unwilling to carry out a qualified individual’s request under this part and the qualified individual transfers care to a new health care provider or health care facility, the individual’s medical records shall be provided to the individual and, upon the individual’s request, timely transferred with documentation of the date of the individual’s request for a prescription for aid-in-dying drug in the medical record, pursuant to law.

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What the assisted suicide lobby doesn’t want you to know.

What the assisted suicide lobby doesn’t want you to know.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Assisted suicide is a hotly debated issue in 2021 even though many States legislatures have COVID-19 restrictions making communication with elected representatives difficult.


States that are currently debating the legalization of assisted suicide include: Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Nevada, New Mexico, and New York.

2021 is also the year that the assisted suicide lobby is trying to  expand current assisted suicide laws. Assisted suicide expansion bills are being debated in California, Hawaii, Vermont and Washington State.

The media wants you to think that there is a tidal wave of support for assisted suicide. 
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‘Aid in dying’ is suicide, no matter how much its advocates try to redefine it

‘Aid in dying’ is suicide, no matter how much its advocates try to redefine it

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Last month, news broke that Connecticut lawmakers are planning to introduce another assisted suicide bill, calling it a “priority.” Even though a similar bill previously failed in 2013 and disability groups continue to oppose assisted suicide, it seems the bill will move forward anyway — and assisted suicide advocacy groups are already mobilizing.

In an op-ed for the Connecticut Mirror, lawyer David Leven argued that assisted suicide is not only necessary but somehow different from “regular” suicide. His letter was written in response to disability activist Lisa Blumberg, who pointed out the numerous problems surrounding assisted suicide. Yet Leven’s response was to simply further obscure the issue by using deceptive pro-assisted suicide rhetoric.

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I was frustrated with the lies told during the New Mexico assisted suicide HB 47 legislative hearings.

I was frustrated with the lies told during the New Mexico assisted suicide HB 47 legislative hearings.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
New Mexico legislature

Yesterday was the second time that I presented (by zoom) before a New Mexico legislative committee hearing concerning HB 47 the bill to legalize assisted suicide.

My concern with the legislative committee hearing was not the one minute given to every witness. Not much can be said in one minute but one minute applied to every witness.

My frustration related to the lies told by the “expert” witnesses, who had more time, concerning the bill.

1. The “expert” witnesses claimed that HB 47 is one of the tightest assisted suicide bills anywhere.

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Vulnerable groups in Canada plead: Don’t expand assisted suicide

Vulnerable groups in Canada plead: Don’t expand assisted suicide

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Debate continues to rage around Canada’s Bill C-7, which would greatly expand assisted suicide. Under this bill, euthanasia would be allowed for people whose deaths are not “reasonably foreseeable,” essentially allowing someone to choose to die because of a disability. Lawmakers are also debating whether or not to allow people to opt for assisted suicide solely due to mental illness. Yet the groups who are most vulnerable to potential abuses under this bill are urging lawmakers to vote against it.

Disability rights groups have been vocal in their opposition to C-7, rightly pointing out how it will be dangerous for Canadians with disabilities.

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MAiD (euthanasia) for Mental Illness: Myths and Facts.

MAiD (euthanasia) for Mental Illness: Myths and Facts.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Dr John Maher

Possibly the best article ever written about Canada’s Bill C-7 and the push to expand MAiD (euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada via Bill C-7, was recently written and published by Psychiatrist Dr John Maher titled: MAiD for Mental Illness: Myths and Facts.

Maher responds to the key issues related to Bill C-7, and the proposed amendments to Bill C-7 by Canada’s Senate. The amended version of Bill C-7 be voted-on in the Senate. It will then go back to parliament. Parliament will then vote on the Senate amendments to the bill.

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North Dakato debates assisted suicide bill HB 1415

North Dakato debates assisted suicide bill HB 1415

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The assisted suicide lobby intends to legalize assisted suicide throughout the US. North Dakota is not a state that has debated assisted suicide in the past, but seven legislators have sponsored HB 1415, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in North Dakota.

HB 1415 is similar to the Oregon assisted suicide law.

Several states that have legalized assisted suicide, such as Oregon, Washington State and Hawaii, are now debating the expansion of their assisted suicide laws. If HB 1415 passes the assisted suicide lobby will move to expand it in future years.

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What the COVID Crisis Tells Us About the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

What the COVID Crisis Tells Us About the Dangers of Assisted Suicide

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This article was published by the disability rights group, Not Dead Yet on February 2, 2021.
Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet

By Diane Coleman

The COVID pandemic revealed that people with disabilities have been denied treatment for the virus due to their disabilities and pervasive biases about their “quality of life”. This denial of care raises the very real issue that persons with disabilities are and will face similar discrimination under assisted suicide laws.

Healthcare providers are the gatekeepers of assisted suicide in states where it’s legal, rendering a terminal prognosis, certifying lack of coercion, etc. Assisted suicide laws immunize providers (and other persons) from criminal and civil liability in the death of an individual.

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Hawaii Bill Would Expand Assisted Suicide, Allowing Nurses to Kill Patients

Hawaii Bill Would Expand Assisted Suicide, Allowing Nurses to Kill Patients

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The Hawaii assisted suicide law came into effect on January 1, 2019. Only two years after legalizing assisted suicide, the Hawaii legislature is now debating the expansion of assisted suicide with Bill SB 323.

SB 323 proposes to expand assisted suicide by:

  • Reducing the reflection period to 15 days and then allowing the reflection period to be waived if the requester is deemed to be nearing death,
  • Allowing registered nurses to also approve and prescribe lethal assisted suicide drugs,
  • Allowing clinical social workers to counsel people with questionable consent.

The 2019 Hawaii assisted suicide (“Our Care, Our choice Act”) report indicated that in the first year of assisted suicide:

  • 30 people were prescribed lethal drugs,
  • 15 people died by assisted suicide,
  • 8 people received a lethal prescription died but did not die by assisted suicide, and
  • 7 people remained alive at the end of 2019.
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Healthy personal trainer used ‘suicide kit’ to kill himself using euthanasia drugs

Healthy personal trainer used ‘suicide kit’ to kill himself using euthanasia drugs

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A 33-year-old personal trainer in the United Kingdom recently took his own life, using a “suicide kit” he ordered online which contained pills used for euthanasia. Harry Benjamin had long suffered from depression, but his mother said the isolation in lockdown pushed him over the edge.

Benjamin died in June of 2020, found in his bedroom by his mother, Jill Alexander. In an inquest about her son’s death, Alexander recounted what had happened. Benjamin had gone to bed at around 8:30pm, and when Alexander woke the next morning, she didn’t check his room, as he often slept late due to insomnia.

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Euthanasia Activists Want to Expand Assisted Suicide to People With Alzheimers

Euthanasia Activists Want to Expand Assisted Suicide to People With Alzheimers

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Nicholas Goldberg, who is a columnist with the LA Times, wrote a column last year calling for the expansion of California’s assisted suicide law to include people Alzheimer’s.

Isn’t assisted suicide about “autonomous” “free choice” decisions that are made by people who are able to “consent”?

Well, other than attacking people who oppose assisted suicide, Goldberg wrote:

I believe that we should make more people eligible to participate in what’s come to be known as “aid in dying,” if they choose to. Alzheimer’s patients and others facing dementia seem like an obvious place to start, although policymakers also could consider people with certain degenerative diseases or those living in chronic pain, even if they aren’t within six months of death.

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Hawaii debates bill to expand assisted suicide law.

Hawaii debates bill to expand assisted suicide law.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Hawaii assisted suicide law came into effect on January 1, 2019. Only two years after legalizing assisted suicide, the Hawaii legislature is now debating the expansion of assisted suicide with Bill SB 323.

SB 323 proposes to expand assisted suicide by:  

  • Reducing the reflection period to 15 days and then allowing the reflection period to be waived if the requester is deemed to be nearing death, 
  • Allowing registered nurses to also approve and prescribe lethal assisted suicide drugs,
  • Allowing clinical social workers to counsel people with questionable consent.

The 2019 Hawaii assisted suicide (“Our care, our choice act”) report indicated that in the first year of assisted suicide:

  • 30 people were prescribed lethal drugs,
  • 15 people died by assisted suicide,
  • 8 people received a lethal prescription died but did not die by assisted suicide, and 
  • 7 people remained alive at the end of 2019. 
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Washington pushes bill to let non-doctors participate in assisted suicide

Washington pushes bill to let non-doctors participate in assisted suicide

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(National Review) When selling the legalization of assisted suicide, activists always promise that strict guidelines will protect against abuse.

After legalization, these protections are rebranded as “obstacles” or “barriers” that prevent patients from getting what they want. As soon as activists think they can get away with it, the law is loosened.

That process is unfolding in Washington State, where a new bill would let non-doctors be part of the assisted suicide bureaucratic process. From HB 1141 (my emphasis):

“Attending ((physician)) qualified medical provider” means the physician, physician assistant . . . or advanced registered nurse practitioner who has primary responsibility for the care of the patient and treatment of the patient’s terminal disease .

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Assisted dying legislation affects us all.

Assisted dying legislation affects us all.

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This article was published by Mercatornot on January 18, 2021.

There is a fundamental difference between assisted dying and palliative care 

Dr Helen Lord

By Dr Helen Lord

Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, like many other jurisdictions, is currently considering legalising voluntary assisted dying (VAD). It is of great concern that legislators are seeking to incorporate this into palliative and medical care.

Voluntary assisted dying sounds like a description of what should be occurring in normal medical practice: clinicians recognising those who are dying and then assisting them to live comfortably until they die. Such medical practice is currently the domain of palliative care, which can, and does, deliver relief of pain and suffering for those who consent to receive it.

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Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill Would Not Safeguard Against Coercion, Opponents Say

Connecticut Assisted Suicide Bill Would Not Safeguard Against Coercion, Opponents Say

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ashley rose via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
Pills spill out from a prescription bottle.

Various assisted suicide bills have been proposed in the state starting in 2013, though none have been passed into law.

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Separating myth and reality in aid in dying

Separating myth and reality in aid in dying

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This article was published by the Connecticut Mirror on January 20, 2021.

By Lisa Blumberg is a Hartford area attorney, writer and disability rights activist.

The virus is surging and the death rate is increasing as the already overburdened health system is in crisis. Yet, there is talk of the legislature again considering a bill to permit doctors to provide lethal prescriptions to terminally ill adults requesting them. This is despite the fact that such bills have stalled in committee five times in the past and due to the pandemic, the legislature may meet virtually for much of the upcoming session.

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LA Times column calls for the expansion of assisted suicide to include people with Alzheimer’s in California.

LA Times column calls for the expansion of assisted suicide to include people with Alzheimer’s in California.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Nicholas Goldberg, who is a columnist with the LA Times, wrote a column last July calling for the expansion of California’s assisted suicide law to include people Alzheimer’s.

Isn’t assisted suicide about “autonomous” “free choice” decisions that are made by people who are able to “consent”?

Well, other than attacking people who oppose assisted suicide, Goldberg wrote:

I believe that we should make more people eligible to participate in what’s come to be known as “aid in dying,” if they choose to. Alzheimer’s patients and others facing dementia seem like an obvious place to start, although policymakers also could consider people with certain degenerative diseases or those living in chronic pain, even if they aren’t within six months of death.

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Assisted suicide in America. Predictions for 2021.

Assisted suicide in America. Predictions for 2021.

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Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

As 2021 begins, it is important to prepare for what may happen.

We predict that assisted suicide bills will be introduced in at least 20 states and some states that legalized assisted suicide will debate bills to expand their assisted suicide laws, in 2021.

In 2020, many states debated assisted suicide bills but most of those bills died on the order paper. Some of the assisted suicide bills died on the order paper because the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily shut down state legislatures.


We are very concerned about possible assisted suicide bills in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico and New York, among others.
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Connecticut lawmakers introduce assisted suicide bill again

Connecticut lawmakers introduce assisted suicide bill again

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According to the Hartford Courant, Connecticut lawmakers will again introduce an assisted suicide bill despite multiple failures to pass similar legislation beginning in 2013 — none of which made it out of committee.

“It is one of the priority bills of the public health committee,” Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-Westport) told the Hartford Courant. “A couple tweaks here and there, nothing of real consequence reflecting some of the learning we’ve had from experience of other states.”

Opponents say it will codify lethal disability discrimination into law. “Some people will get suicide prevention and others suicide assistance, and the difference will be based on their disability status,” said Stephen Mendelsohn, member of Second Thoughts Connecticut which opposes assisted suicide legislation.

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