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Old Today, 11:07 AM
 
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Just called PLANNED PARENTHOOD. I am sure they have a list of willing Doctors.
That would be a list of doctors willing to terminate a fetus before 3 months, not a human life.
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Old Today, 11:14 AM
 
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Apparently there are doctors out there willing to prescribe, but it doesn't look easy to find one.

"California’s data show that 173 physicians wrote the 191 prescriptions statewide.

A total of 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their doctors, according to data released..."

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of California right-to-die law - LA Times
There may be few physicians willing to do it but my point was that it is going to be terribly difficult for a person facing death within a year or so to find a physician willing to even talk to them, let alone prescribe the medicine when the person is within the 6-month requirement. many of these diseases are quick movers eg ALS or early onset Alzheimers, Each person is individual and some beat cancer for years while some given 6 months are dead in a matter of weeks. It's a guessing game and the red tape one has to get through even if you could find a willing doctor is immense. Now they're calling for laws to get a psychiatrist and psychologist to get in on the evaluation. How much longer before they ask for a priest, a rabbi and a pastor to jump into the mix as well?
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There may be few physicians willing to do it but my point was that it is going to be terribly difficult for a person facing death within a year or so to find a physician willing to even talk to them, let alone prescribe the medicine when the person is within the 6-month requirement. many of these diseases are quick movers eg ALS or early onset Alzheimers, Each person is individual and some beat cancer for years while some given 6 months are dead in a matter of weeks. It's a guessing game and the red tape one has to get through even if you could find a willing doctor is immense. Now they're calling for laws to get a psychiatrist and psychologist to get in on the evaluation. How much longer before they ask for a priest, a rabbi and a pastor to jump into the mix as well?
Dunno the details of the California law, but the Oregon law has always required a psych evaluation if the attending physician has any question about the emotional status of the patient.

What is your evidence that doctors in California are more reluctant to prescribe the drugs than are doctors in Oregon or Washington?

Alzheimer's patients are not eligible for assisted suicide. Because, by definition, an advanced Alzheimer's person is incapable of making a rational decision.

You seem to be a bit unclear about how this really works. Here's a legal memo from 2002 explaining how the Oregon law works. https://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/rpt/2002-R-0077.htm

I refer to the Oregon law because it was the first, and subsequent states have followed the Oregon model pretty closely. There is now two decades of experience with it in Oregon, which should ease some of your concerns.
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Dunno the details of the California law, but the Oregon law has always required a psych evaluation if the attending physician has any question about the emotional status of the patient.

What is your evidence that doctors in California are more reluctant to prescribe the drugs than are doctors in Oregon or Washington?

Alzheimer's patients are not eligible for assisted suicide. Because, by definition, an advanced Alzheimer's person is incapable of making a rational decision.

You seem to be a bit unclear about how this really works. Here's a legal memo from 2002 explaining how the Oregon law works. https://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/rpt/2002-R-0077.htm

I refer to the Oregon law because it was the first, and subsequent states have followed the Oregon model pretty closely. There is now two decades of experience with it in Oregon, which should ease some of your concerns.
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Why few California doctors are assisting deaths…

Trouble finding a doctor to prescribe the lethal medication under California’s new End of Life Option Act
prevented Catherine Dale’s mother, Judy Dale, from using the new law to end her life on her own terms while suffering from cancer. She died Tuesday, one day before receiving the drug. “She did not want to die that way, too confused to say goodbye,’’ said Catherine Dale, pictured above in her mother’s bedroom, a day after the San Francisco woman died.
Why few California doctors assisting deaths for terminally ill

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It’s a scene being played out throughout California, as scores of terminally ill patients are learning to their dismay — and outrage — that the state’s new aid-in-dying law comes with no guarantee of finding a doctor.

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