Statement on Governor Brown signing The End of Life Option Act

Monday, October 5, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D – Stockton, Senator Lois Wolk, D – Davis and Senator Bill Monning, D – Carmel released the following statement upon the Governor’s signing ABxx 15, The End of Life Option Act:

“It was Brittany Maynard who provided the impetus to make this moment possible, but there are thousands of people over decades who contributed to this movement.  This could not have been achieved without the help of many terminally-ill Californians and their families, who entrusted to us their time and energy, their experiences of suffering and pain, and the sacred value of their hope that we might be able to act in time for them.  We are relieved and overjoyed that with Governor Brown’s characteristically reasoned decision, we can say that California has done the best it could to make a difference for them.”

As a bill adopted in a special session, ABxx 15 will take effect on the 91st day after the special session is adjourned.

Assemblymember Eggman says she’s grateful the Governor signed her legislation and humbled to have been part of something so important. (:18)

Assemblymember Eggman says she hopes this new law will change how we view the entire spectrum of end of life care. (:07)

Assemblymember Eggman says AB2s15 could improve all aspects of end of life care. (:14)

Assemblymember Eggman says the End of Life Options Act may spur better conversations between patients and doctors and among families. (:24)

Assemblymember Eggman says the Governor’s signature on AB2x15 brought her a sense of relief. (:10)