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Right To Die Bill


Last updated 10/7/2015 at 1:49pm

On Monday, Oct. 5, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure that allows physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who choose to hasten their deaths.

“I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain,” Brown said. “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.”

California follows Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont in allowing this option to the terminally ill facing the expectation of death within six months.

“Abx2 15 is not an ordinary bill because it deals with life and death. The crux of the matter is whether the state of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain and suffering,” said Governor Brown.

The new law will likely not take effect until early next year, 90 days after the Legislature adjourns its special session on health care.

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