SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — A number of doctors in California say they feel uneasy about prescribing life-ending drugs for the terminally ill under a new law that goes into effect June 9.
Some have already told their patients they are not willing to play a role in intentionally ending a life. Catholic hospitals will not provide the prescriptions because it goes against the church’s stance on the issue.READ MORE: North Bay Organizations Unite for Holiday Toy Drive
California has more safeguards than the other four states where the drugs are allowed. Still there are concerns it will lead to hasty decisions, misdiagnosis, and even waning support for palliative care, in which dying people can be sedated to relieve their suffering.READ MORE: Palo Alto Launches Response Team for People Experiencing Mental Health Crises
How it plays out in the country’s most populous state could determine whether it spreads nationwide.MORE NEWS: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
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