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California’s new aid-in-dying law concerns some Latinos, blacks, clergy
Los Angeles Daily News

California today becomes the latest state to allow the terminally ill to legally choose to end their lives, raising worries among some people in the state’s large Latino and African-American communities that poor people with serious illnesses could be pressured to take lethal drugs as a cheaper option to long-term care.

The concern has surfaced across the Golden State, from primary care physicians and administrators of large hospital systems, to ethics professors and clergy.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the nation, called the new law “a failure of solidarity,” in a society where loneliness and isolation already prevail.