Assisted suicide acceptable in California?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A pro-life advocate says the increasing acceptance of assisted suicide is just a "symptom" of a culture that has lost its morality.


California prosecutors are showing more leniency to individuals who assist with suicide. The Los Angeles Times reports that twice last year, no charges were filed in cases where a husband or wife assisted in the other's suicides.

Steve Macias, director of Cherish California's Children, tells OneNewsNow that cases under the state's assisted suicide law rarely head to trial, as prosecutors do not believe most jurors would find a spouse who assisted in the suicide of a husband or wife guilty of murder.

"Self-murder is just as much murder as any other type of murder is, because we don't have the right to kill ourselves," Macias insists. "These people who are under duress from illness or from mental instability should not be allowed to kill themselves. This is a symptom of an immoral culture."

Judges have also handed down sentences that are less harsh, such as months of probation rather than jail time. Some have even ruled that assisted suicide is not murder, since the individual is assisting someone who wants to die.

"It's part of this idea that murder is something that we can control," the pro-lifer laments. "A culture that kills 3,000 children every day is going to lead to a culture that murders under all these flowery and choice terms."

Prosecutors did not charge a San Diego man who sat by his wife as she ate applesauce that contained more than 30 sleeping pills. And in the case of an elderly Palm Springs man, officials claim they could not prove he disconnected his wife's oxygen supply.

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