Even in Defeat, Proposition 161 Sounds a Warning
Capron, Alexander Morgan
Hastings Center Report. 1993 Jan-Feb; 23(1): 32-33.
Occasionally law that isn't made may be as significant as law that is. One such instance was the rejection on 3 November of Proposition 161 by a 54-46 majority of California voters. Had this initiative passed, the state would have been the first in the world since the Nazi era formally to permit physicians to perform active euthanasia. Even though defeated, the strong showing for this ballot measure -- and the even stronger support it enjoyed outside the voting booth -- sounds a loud alarm for health care professionals not just in California but across the country....
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