Thursday, August 17, 2023

California's assisted suicide deaths surge. People with disabilities steered to death.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Article: California assisted suicide deaths increase by 63% in 2022. (Link)

James Reinl wrote an excellent article that was published in the Daily Mail on August 15 on the 63% surge in 2022 California assisted suicide deaths. Reinl reports on the data but he also received input from myself and several people with disabilities for his report. Reinl states:
Record numbers of people ended their lives in California last year in America's biggest doctor-assisted suicide program, after lawmakers made it easier for residents to get their hands on lethal drugs.

Last year, 1,270 people got fatal prescriptions under the state's End of Life Option Act (ELOA), and 853 people used them to end their lives, the California Department of Public Health said in its annual report.

That's a jump from 863 scripts and 522 deaths the previous year.

The surge in assisted suicides came after California lawmakers in 2021 backed a law that shortened from 15 days to 48 hours the time needed to apply for a cocktail of suicide drugs. That law took effect in January.
Matt Valliere
Matt Valliere, director of the Patients' Rights Action Fund, told Reinl:
'It's no wonder that the number of assisted suicides soared in the year after the California legislature effectively removed the original 15-day cooling-off period,'

'Most Medi-Cal patients cannot get a mental health consult in less than 72 hours and are not guaranteed palliative care, but now, they can get suicide drugs in 48 hours and the state will pay for it every time.'
I was questioned by Reinl on the possible under-reporting of assisted suicide in California:

Alex Schadenberg
Alex Schadenberg, director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, warned that many US assisted-suicide programs have unreliable data, as not all doctors accurately report scripts and deaths back to the state health body.

In California last year, doctors wrote 294 prescriptions for which there was an 'unknown ingestion status,' says the 15-page report.

That could mean... that life-threatening drugs are sitting unused in a drawer, or that the patient used them to kill themselves and the death was not recorded.

'This self-reporting system makes it is impossible to know when a doctor does not send in a report or abuses the law,' said Schadenberg.
Reinl commented on the lawsuit that was filed in April to overturn the California Assisted Suicide Act:
Several campaign groups for disabled people earlier this year filed a lawsuit to declare California's ELOA 'unlawful and unconstitutional' because it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In their suit, they complain about the bias they faced trying to get health care during the coronavirus pandemic and say the system is too quick to offer assisted suicides.

People with disabilities often struggle to get the medical care they need and, as a result, may be quick to seek assisted suicide as an option, lawyers in the case say.
Ingrid Tischer (left)
Reinl interviewed Ingrid Tischer and Diane Coleman, from Not Dead Yet, a group representing people with disabilities that are directly involved with the lawsuit:
Ingrid Tischer, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, who lives with a form of muscular dystrophy, says doctors were unwilling to treat her properly when she contracted pneumonia during COVID-19.

'The law gets in your head. That's what happened to me,' says Tischer.

A non-disabled person is steered towards suicide prevention. And the disabled person is steered toward a suicide prescription.'

Diane Coleman
Diane Coleman, a woman with neuromuscular disabilities who has used a wheelchair since childhood, and now heads the national rights group Not Dead Yet, is also involved in the lawsuit.

'Assisted suicide is just one of the many symptoms of an ableist eugenics society that believes life with a disability is a fate worse than death,' she said.
Reinl also includes interviews with disability leaders, Brianna Hammond, John Kelly and Anita Cameron, and an interview with a man named Christopher, whose father died by assisted suicide in Oregon.

1 comment:

Vi said...

It's amazing how people are just ALLOWING these wicked & arrogant powers that be/these strangers with their blood lust (who don't care one iota about them or their situations) to just kill them off! People are playing right into their Depopulation Agenda 2030...

If more people would humbly put their sincere trust/faith in GOD Almighty, in Heaven..Yes! Our Creator, for help, they would SEE the miraculous happen in their lives! I know, I have been there many times & GOD has ALWAYS made a way for me where there seemed to be NO way possible! Seriously! (:

My friends, GOD is faithful, for sure! Just (HUMBLY) cry out to HIM, in FAITH. GOD'S love, mercy & grace will change your life & give you help, hope, joy, peace, forgiveness, a purpose & an everlasting life, in Christ! (:

Sadly, we are currently witnessing people turning away from GOD/JESUS, in droves. Why? It's because they have believed THREE LIES from the Devil in order to DESTROY people's faith/trust in GOD: 1. GOD/JESUS does not exist. 2. GOD is hateful 3. GOD is responsible for all of the wickedness happening in the world...NOT! SINFUL people are responsible for committing all of these crimes against humanity, not GOD.

So, is this world getting BETTER by these THREE LIES/DECEPTIONS ??? No! This world is becoming increasingly darker (spiritually), confused, cold/uncaring, fearful & immoral (just like the Bible prophesied). In addition, people are becoming (physically, mentally & spiritually) weaker, more addicted to drugs (in all forms) and more & more hopeless.

When people have no faith (which is exactly what the devil wants), in our Creator & Savior, JESUS they have joy, no peace, no hope & nothing to live for (no purpose). On top of that, they THINK it's all over & their problems/suffering will be over with once they kill themselves (or allow someone else to kill them), but THAT is an ages old LIE from the Devil (our adversary & the father of LIES) who only comes to kill, steal & destroy us...
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)