Death With Dignity Will Be Legal in California This June

Terminally ill patients in California will be able to legally request lethal medication from their physicians starting in June. The newly passed legislation will let physicians and loved ones who are present at the time of administration of the drugs to be granted "immunity from civil or criminal liability."


California governor Jerry Brown signed the groundbreaking End of Life Option Act in October 2015 after what KQED News described as "a hotly contested, 10-month debate." But now that a date is set for the legislation to go into effect, hope is on the way to those who need it most.

Senator Bill Monning, one of the End of Life Option Act's coauthors, celebrated the news on his website. He also addressed the difficulty of moving the patient and family to one of the mere four other states where the right to die is legal. 

California will be the fifth U.S. state with a "Death with Dignity statute," as shown in teal in the map below.

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Source: Death with Dignity, deathwithdignity.org

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