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October 31, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proposition 161, the ballot initiative that would allow the terminally ill to choose doctor-assisted suicide, has energized a growing national debate among ethicists and religious leaders over the morality of euthanasia. Those who favor voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill say it is an extension of individual rights--the right to choose a painless and peaceful death. "People ought to be able to be architects of their own death," said University of Utah philosophy professor Margaret P.
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November 4, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California voters appeared Tuesday night to be rejecting Gov. Pete Wilson's welfare and budget initiative and a controversial measure that would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients die. With nearly half the votes tallied, Wilson's Proposition 165 was trailing. Voters also appeared to be narrowly rejecting Proposition 161, the right-to-die measure.
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NEWS
September 15, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Catholic bishops of California, in what they call an unprecedented appeal, are asking parishioners to contribute to the campaign to defeat Proposition 161, a ballot initiative that would allow doctors to help dying patients end their lives. In a letter being read at Mass throughout the state this month, the bishops are calling for volunteers and campaign contributions to oppose the initiative on the Nov.
NEWS
October 31, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Proposition 161, the ballot initiative that would allow the terminally ill to choose doctor-assisted suicide, has energized a growing national debate among ethicists and religious leaders over the morality of euthanasia. Those who favor voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill say it is an extension of individual rights--the right to choose a painless and peaceful death. "People ought to be able to be architects of their own death," said University of Utah philosophy professor Margaret P.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
UC Irvine will hold a public forum Thursday to discuss the "Death With Dignity" initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot. Discussing the issue will be Michael H. White, co-author of the initiative, and Corrine Bayley, vice president of ethics and corporate values at St. Joseph Health Systems in Orange, who will speak against doctor-assisted suicide. Proposition 161 would allow doctors to provide or administer lethal doses of drugs to help terminally ill patients kill themselves.
NEWS
October 24, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not yet 30, Jonathan Gross has been in the hospital so often that he's lost count. In the six years since he has had AIDS, he has always bounced back. But now, admitted once again to a Sherman Oaks hospital for a series of tests, he described himself as tired of the struggle and ready to end his life, to salvage what dignity he can. Gross supports Proposition 161, which would enable him to ask his doctor for a fatal injection to "allow me to drift off and that would be it."
NEWS
November 4, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS and VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California voters appeared Tuesday night to be rejecting Gov. Pete Wilson's welfare and budget initiative and a controversial measure that would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients die. With nearly half the votes tallied, Wilson's Proposition 165 was trailing. Voters also appeared to be narrowly rejecting Proposition 161, the right-to-die measure.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Ward, once a heavy smoker, is dying of emphysema. Since April, he has been rushed to the hospital 14 times and had a tube thrust down his throat so a ventilator could help him breathe. He wants no more of that. Tucked in his wallet, Ward, 68, carries a paper he has signed to prevent hospital personnel from reviving him if his lungs fail again.
NEWS
October 28, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of Proposition 161, the initiative that would allow terminally ill patients to choose doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia, are taking to the airways today with last-minute ads intended to raise fears about the measure.
NEWS
October 18, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supporters of Proposition 161, the initiative permitting physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for some terminally ill patients, had every reason to be optimistic. As they gathered signatures earlier this year to put their measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, they knew several polls showed that Californians overwhelmingly favored the idea of allowing doctors to help end the lives of hopelessly ill patients who choose suicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
UC Irvine will hold a public forum Thursday to discuss the "Death With Dignity" initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot. Discussing the issue will be Michael H. White, co-author of the initiative, and Corrine Bayley, vice president of ethics and corporate values at St. Joseph Health Systems in Orange, who will speak against doctor-assisted suicide. Proposition 161 would allow doctors to provide or administer lethal doses of drugs to help terminally ill patients kill themselves.
NEWS
October 28, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of Proposition 161, the initiative that would allow terminally ill patients to choose doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia, are taking to the airways today with last-minute ads intended to raise fears about the measure.
NEWS
October 24, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not yet 30, Jonathan Gross has been in the hospital so often that he's lost count. In the six years since he has had AIDS, he has always bounced back. But now, admitted once again to a Sherman Oaks hospital for a series of tests, he described himself as tired of the struggle and ready to end his life, to salvage what dignity he can. Gross supports Proposition 161, which would enable him to ask his doctor for a fatal injection to "allow me to drift off and that would be it."
NEWS
October 18, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Supporters of Proposition 161, the initiative permitting physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia for some terminally ill patients, had every reason to be optimistic. As they gathered signatures earlier this year to put their measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, they knew several polls showed that Californians overwhelmingly favored the idea of allowing doctors to help end the lives of hopelessly ill patients who choose suicide.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James Ward, once a heavy smoker, is dying of emphysema. Since April, he has been rushed to the hospital 14 times and had a tube thrust down his throat so a ventilator could help him breathe. He wants no more of that. Tucked in his wallet, Ward, 68, carries a paper he has signed to prevent hospital personnel from reviving him if his lungs fail again.
NEWS
September 29, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a doctor his primary goal is to prolong lives. But twice in the 30 years since he took the Hippocratic Oath and added MD to his name, he has written prescriptions for drugs requested by terminally ill patients so they could end their lives. And in one case two decades ago, the doctor administered the poison himself to a pain-racked patient. In that instance, he botched the job. "I still agonize over the first one," he said. "If I were going to do it, why didn't I do it better?"
NEWS
September 29, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a doctor his primary goal is to prolong lives. But twice in the 30 years since he took the Hippocratic Oath and added MD to his name, he has written prescriptions for drugs requested by terminally ill patients so they could end their lives. And in one case two decades ago, the doctor administered the poison himself to a pain-racked patient. In that instance, he botched the job. "I still agonize over the first one," he said. "If I were going to do it, why didn't I do it better?"
NEWS
October 8, 1992
Verdugo Hills Hospital will present forums on Propositions 161 and 166, which will appear on the November ballot. Proposition 161, the physician-assisted death in terminal cases initiative, will be discussed Tuesday. Attorney Michael H. White, president of Californians Against Human Suffering and author of the initiative, will speak in favor of the proposition, and Dr. J. Gale Katterhagen will present the argument against. On Oct.
NEWS
September 15, 1992 | PAUL JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Catholic bishops of California, in what they call an unprecedented appeal, are asking parishioners to contribute to the campaign to defeat Proposition 161, a ballot initiative that would allow doctors to help dying patients end their lives. In a letter being read at Mass throughout the state this month, the bishops are calling for volunteers and campaign contributions to oppose the initiative on the Nov.
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