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