September 1, 2015 – SACRAMENTO, CA– Lawmakers in California voted in favor the End of Life Options bill that would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs for terminally ill patients. The legislation, also referred to as the Right to Die or Physician Assisted Suicide, stalled in the Assembly Health Committee earlier this year after the Catholic Church publicly opposed it. Passing with a 10-3 vote in the Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee during a special session, the bill now moves to the Finance Committee before a final floor vote in the assembly.
Earlier this year we blogged about the bill and how anxiety around death can affect our perspective. As a leader in the estate planning tradition, we aim to educate and empower all Californian’s to take control of their personal health and financial affairs both during this lifetime and after. One of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones is the gift of your voice. To boldly and authentically communicate your wishes through language is uniquely human.
In eastern traditions, the Throat Chakra or “Vishuddha” in Sanskrit, is the voice of the body, the center of communication, self-expression and truth. This is the spiritual center in your body that is responsible for your ability to speak up for yourself, make decisions and convey the truth from your heart. Part of this responsibility is to have the courage to speak even when it’s difficult. While no one anticipates accidents or illnesses, it is an avoidable part life.
Instead of being overwhelmed by such events, we have the ability to be prepared. Have you talked with your loved ones about your wishes regarding your end of life plans or how your body might be honored? You can easily avoid family disputes and heartache by writing these wishes down (in a legal manner) by filling out a Health Care Directive- for FREE on our website. Download the form, fill it out and share it with your loved ones. Encourage them to fill it out too so that you are never left wondering about their desires.
We will continue to follow the End of Life Option bill as it moves through the legislative process. Even before this bill becomes law, we assist you in adding language to your health care directive and that states your opinion on the ability to end your life on your own terms, without pain, even if it means going to another jurisdiction to do so.