Right to Die Becomes Law in California
October 6th, 2015
On October 5, 2015, California's Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law an End of Life Option Act. This law legalizes assisted suicide. It will allow terminally ill patients to seek medical aid in ending their lives provided that the person has been given six months or less to live by two doctors, provided a written request and two oral requests at least 15 days apart and are deemed mentally capable of making decisions about their own healthcare. The law is viewed as a victory for the "death with dignity" movement. California is the 5th state in the nation to enact such a law. The other states that have similar laws are Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.