Nearly 400 people took their lives in California following passage of euthanasia law

Nearly 400 people took their lives in California following passage of euthanasia law

(AP) – Three hundred and thirty four people were euthanised using drugs, a year after a law was passed in California in the United States allowing them to do so.

California health officials report that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal.

The California Department of Public Health said 577 people received aid-in-dying drugs (as it is called) last year, but not everyone used them.

The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live.

Following which they can self-administer the drugs.

Of the 374 who died, about 90 percent were more than 60 years old, about 95 percent were insured and about 83 percent were receiving hospice or similar care.

The median age was 74.

The figures are more than double those from the first six months after the law went into effect June 9, 2016.

In those early months, 191 people received life-ending drugs, while 111 people took them and died.

An appeal court last week reinstated the End of Life Option Act but gave opponents until July 2 to file objections.

US County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled in May that the law is unconstitutional because it was adopted illegally when lawmakers passed it during a special Legislative session called to address health issues.

The law was passed in California after 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who was dying from brain cancer, had to move to Oregon in 2014 so she could end her life.

Doctor-assisted deaths are also legal in Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and Washington, D.C.


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  1. Correction please:
    Thankfully like 44 otherstates no one in Montana has immunity from prosecution for assisting a suicide, no doctor, nurse, care giver or guardian
    The euthanasia monopoly has done you a disservice. The promoters of assisted suicide have worn out their thesaurus attempting to imply that it is legal in Montana. Physician assisted suicide is a homicide in Montana. Our Montana Supreme Court mmdid rule that if a doctor is charged with a homicide they might have a potential defense based on consent. By this comment the court acknowledged it is a homicide.
    The court did not address civil liabilities and vacated the lower court’s claim that it was a constitutional right.
    Unlike Oregon, no one in Montana has immunity from civil or criminal prosecution, death certificates are not legally falsified and investigations are not prohibited like in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and California. Does that sound legal to you?
    Perhaps the promoters are frustrated that even though they were the largest lobbying spender in Montana, their Oregon model legalizing assisted suicide bills have been rejected in Montana in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The predatory corporation withdrew from their bullying legislative position in 2017. They simply did not try a fourth time and we celebrate saving lives every day in Montana.


  2. This article perpetuates the lie of self administration with no witness to honor our choice. Assisted Lying Laws provide immunity for predatory corporations and others. Our choices are not assured but the choices of others are ensured, be sure of that.
    Yes you may like the concept of assisted suicide/euthanasia but the administration of the non-transparent laws in OR, WA, CA and CO brightly provide immunity for predators (corporations, strangers, caregivers, heirs, guardians…) to complete the killing all before the family knows. The safeguards are hollow and unenforceable .A simple reading of the laws confirms this to be true. I am not for that. Are you?? For more investigative reports mtaas org. Resisting saves lives everyday...


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