A terminally ill patient wants a legislation passed allowing doctors to prescribe life ending medicineChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Feb 13, 2015 13:08 IST
A terminally ill Leukemia patient in California wants a legislation passed so that doctors can give her a life ending medicine. The patient and five doctors filed a lawsuit to challenge the state s ban on assisted suicide.
The 53-years old cancer patient from San Francisco filed the lawsuit on Wednesday. Christie White the terminally ill patient sued the state s attorney general and San Francisco top prosecutor. It had been reported that White wants the act to be considered as a peaceful death rather than assisted suicide. In California it is considered unlawful and judged as felony to deliberately aid, advice or encourage anyone to commit suicide. In a statement White said, But I'm not so blind as to ignore the very real possibility that my leukemia may return . Then she added, I do in fact expect that it will find its way to sneak back into my life, and for me at that point I will have very limited choices. I am asking the state of California to remove the legal barrier between my doctor and myself to help me achieve a peaceful and dignified death at the place and time of my choosing .
In another statement Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center and a co-counsel in the case Kathryn Tucker said, It is time for California to clarify that suffering, dying patients have the right to choose a peaceful death through aid in dying. Patients trapped in a dying process they find unbearable should be able to turn to their physicians and ask for medication they could consume to bring about a peaceful death .
Voters vetoed a change to the law in 1992, 2005 and 2007, which would allow a terminally ill patient to get a prescribed medicine that would be lethal. Five states in United States- Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington allow patients to take life ending medicine.
A terminally ill patient wants a legislation passed allowing doctors to prescribe life ending medicine