The Denver-based group Compassion and Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society, has released a report, marking the one-year anniversary of the passage of the so-called End of Life Option Act in California. The group states in its release that hundred of adults have been prescribed lethal drugs since the passage of California’s euthanasia law. The group also said that the majority of private insurance companies cover the cost of life ending drugs, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser.
As Church Militant reported on May 31, not only are major insurers covering suicide drugs, but they are pressuring healthcare providers to recommend life ending drugs while denying coverage for more expensive life-saving therapy. As the cost of health insurance continues to rise under Obamacare since it was passed in 2010, insurers are incentivised to cover suicide and not life-sustaining treatment, simply because the former is cheaper, making the insurers into de facto death panels.
The End of Life Option Act in California was pushed by the family of Brittany Maynard in cooperation with Compassion and Choices. Maynard was a 29-year-old from the San Francisco Bay Area who moved to Oregon, where assisted suicide had been legal since the 1990s, after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Church Militant reported on the resulting suicide spike following the nationwide coverage of Maynard ending her life.
A 2015 study from the Southern Medical Journal concluded that legalization of physician-assisted suicide not only leads a “copy-cat” effect of suicidal inclinations, but that euthanasia legalization has no effect on the frequency of non-physician-assisted suicide.
In 1980, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released the Declaration on Euthanasia. In that document, the CDF explained the special place of redemptive suffering in the Catholic faith, “According to Christian teaching, however, suffering, especially suffering during the last moments of life, has a special place in God’s saving plan; it is in fact a sharing in Christ’s passion and a union with the redeeming sacrifice, which He offered in obedience to the Father’s will.”