Nearly 400 people used California assisted death law in 2017
California health officials reported Friday that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal.
The California Department of Public Health said 577 people received aid-in-dying drugs last year, but not everyone used them. The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live. They can self-administer the drugs.
Of the 374 who died, about 90 percent were more than 60 years old, about 95 percent were insured and about 83 percent were receiving hospice or similar care. The median age was 74....
I remember when my mother had cancer and was on hospice and living with my sister. I went over for a visit one day and a hospice worker told me she only had 3 weeks to live. I asked them if they were sure and they said yes. I was of course devastated. She had been through chemo and was on a diet of very strong pain pills and was of course miserable. Anyway, she ended up living an additional 6 years. The main problem she had was trying to learn to live without the very strong pain medications she had been prescribed.
Now, I know this is probably not the norm, but I am so happy that my mother got to live for an additional 6 years and was "not given a choice" to live or die. Yes, it is appointed unto main once to die, but we simply never know when.
John MacArthur wrote: ‚ÄúTherefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith‚ÄĚ (Gal. 6:10; cf. Titus 3:1-2). It would also display a lack of gratitude for whatever amount of religious freedom the government allows us to enjoy. Furthermore, such pious apathy toward government and politics would reveal a lack of appreciation for the many appropriate legal remedies believers in democracies have for maintaining or improving the civil order. A certain amount of healthy and balanced concern with current trends in government and the community is acceptable, as long as we realize that that interest is not vital to our spiritual growth, our righteous testimony, or the advancement of the kingdom of Christ. Above all, the believer‚Äôs political involvement should never displace the priority of preaching and teaching the gospel.
excerpt from,[URL=https://tinyurl.com/habzqpz]]]https://tinyurl.com/habzqpz (The Gospel and Politics)[/URL]
Romans 8 7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God's law, neither indeed can it be. 8 Those who are in the flesh can't please God. ---WEB