Lung Cancer

Spare terminally ill Californians more suffering and pass the 'right to die' bill

To the editor: In 2001, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer that had spread to her nervous system. Even the morphine the doctors provided could not stop the pain. ("Legislature's action on 'right to die' bill is fair and square," Aug. 23) She died in agony after three horrific months. God forgive me, I didn't have the courage to give her an overdose. The continued opposition to the “right to die” bill suggests the Catholic Church wants you to die like my mother did. What's that, you say, you're not Catholic? The church doesn't care. It expects you to conform to its version of morality. As for me, I wouldn't let an...