Legislators Re-introduce End of Life Option Act

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

(Sacramento) – A coalition of lawmakers has introduced a bill in the Assembly to carry on the push to pass aid-in-dying reform this year, citing the urgency of the issue and its overwhelming support among Californians. The bill’s introduction follows two recent Superior Court rulings that have underlined that it is the role of the State Legislature to overturn the state’s 141-year-old ban on aid-in-dying. The bill, AB X2-15, authored by Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), would allow mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death. “There are people right now who are facing a terminal diagnosis, watching this fight, praying for our success and hoping to be able to take control of their lives through these reforms,” said Assemblymember Eggman. “They don’t have another year to wait; they are counting on this bill, this year.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.