- Senate Bill 128 was passed in a 23-14 vote.
- This legislation will permit doctors to provide lethal drugs to the terminally ill with less than six months to live.
- This law was modeled after Oregon’s law enacted in 1997
- Washington state and Vermont have also followed Oregon’s lead in passing such assisted death legislation
- The California Medical Association provided guidance on language for the bill
- Some of the safeguards in place require that the patient be assessed by two independent physicians, one must provide two written and one verbal request for the lethal drugs, and one must wait 15 days before a doctor writes a prescription.
Now bill SB 128 will go to the Assembly where it is likely to pass despite the fact that some legislators are concerned that this might negatively impact vulnerable populations such as senior citizens and women suffering from domestic violence.
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