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Arnold & Euthanasia: Hasta La Vista

From California Catholic:

California moved a step closer to legalized mercy killing on Sept. 30, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law the “California Right to Know End-of-Life Act of 2008.”

The governor’s signature came in a flurry of bill signing on Tuesday evening, just hours before the statutory deadline for him to either sign or veto legislation. The governor’s press office announced he had signed the euthanasia bill at 7 p.m.

The bill, AB 2747, by longtime assisted suicide advocate Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, could force Catholic physicians and other doctors in California who oppose mercy killing to provide terminally ill patients with information on morally questionable “end-of-life care options.”

Schwarzenegger’s decision to sign the bill came despite heavy lobbying against it by the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops. The Conference had asked Catholics to contact the governor and urge him to veto AB 2747 after it was passed by the legislature. Schwarzenegger describes himself as a Catholic.

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