Essay by a California palliative doctor: “Should I Help My Patients Die?”

This op-ed ran on the front page of the August 6, 2017 New York Times Week in Review about a palliative doctor in California grappling with her feelings—and finding a solid protocol—for dealing with patients’ requests for aid in dying. The doctor’s description of what the California law covers and how it is rolling out may help answer a lot of questions for New York readers, while perhaps raising some others. As Lower Hudson Valley C&C co-leader Stacey Gibson says, “I think some very good points are raised in the essay, but whenever someone wants to over-complicate something that has been working so well for more than 20 years—like the law in Oregon—with more potential regulation like is suggested in her op-ed, I get very nervous.”

What do you think?