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Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Passes in California


The California state Senate voted today 23 to 14 to approve the controversial End of Life Option Act, which would allow physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to their dying patients.

Two days ago, the state Assembly (the lower house) voted 42 to 33 in favor of the physician-assisted suicide bill (ABX-2-15) during a special legislative session that Gov. Jerry Brown called to focus solely on financing for MediCal, the state health insurance program. Brown has yet to announce whether he would sign any physician-assisted suicide bill. He has until October 11 to sign or veto the bill.

“We urge all Californians concerned about the rights of the medically vulnerable to contact Gov. Brown and tell him to stop doctor-prescribed suicide,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life. If the bill becomes law, California will become the fourth state to legalize physician-assisted suicide.

Earlier this year, sponsoring lawmakers withdrew the measure after there were not enough votes in committee to move it forward for a full vote in the Assembly. Back in June, the Senate passed the bill on a 23-to-14 vote.

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Also read: California Legislature Passes Assisted Suicide Legislation

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