California lawmakers approve assisted dying legislation

Joseph Mayton
September 9, 2015

California lawmakers approved AB-15, which is similar to the recently failed SB-128, giving terminally ill patients the ability to end their lives.

The law has three requirements: the patient must administer the medication to themselves, the patient must be mentally competent, and two doctors must confirm a prognosis of fewer than six months to live.

Marilyn Golden, senior policy analyst at the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, said the bill is “a recipe for abuse”, noting that an “heir who stands to inherit, or an abusive caregiver, can steer a person – legally witness their request, pick up the lethal dose and even administer it, because no objective witness is required at the death.”

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
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