An open letter in support of the Compassionate Choices Act

I am a clergy member and a representative of the 150 clergypersons from 12 different faith communities who have each stated, “I support the California Compassionate Choices Act.”

We are among the majority of religious believers who are in favor of a mentally capable, dying adult having the legal right to request and receive medication to hasten death if his or her suffering becomes unbearable.

As clergy, each of us deeply believes that life is a sacred, precious gift of God, but also a perishable gift. Mortality is universal. When life is inevitably ebbing, death can be a friend, a doorway into the eternal now.

If AB 374 passes, for those who choose it, taking the last possible breath no-matter-what will remain any person’s human right. For those few who want it and need it and believe it is moral, the choice of a peaceful hastened death also will be a legal right.

It is not good government, or good moral behavior we would maintain, in effect, to mandate what variety of moral choices someone else with a different moral compass should have.

In April, Cardinal Roger Mahony denounced this bill and accused Assembly Speaker Fabian N

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