Proponents of the Hippocratic Oath have much to celebrate with the death of California’s physician assisted suicide bill, which failed to make it out of committee yesterday.

We’ve followed this bill closely over the past year, and CBC board member Dr. Aaron Kheriaty has been one of its most vocal opponents.

As Democratic Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez—a member of the health committee who worked for almost thirty years as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)—stated, “To me it’s not what healthcare is about. For me to go back on everything I’ve done and give that option, so to speak, is something I’m not comfortable with.”

While advocates of physician assisted suicide pledge that this bill will return, yesterday’s news is a victory for the medical profession and its patients. Huzzah!

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Christopher White, Ramsey Institute Project Director