Governor Jerry Brown’s change of heart
In October 2015, Californian Governor Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, signed off on a voluntary euthanasia law after spending 12 days questioning his moral position and seeking advice from various experts. Governor Jerry Brown showed compassion when he signed the Californian End of Life Option Act into law despite opposition from the Catholic Church. He said “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
The story of a young woman, Brittany Maynard, helped with this decision.