VAD becomes legal in California
California’s End of Life Option Act became effect on 9 June 2016. California became the fourth and the largest American state to put into effect a law allow the terminally ill to legally choose to end their lives. Californian law-makers approved the legislation, based upon the Oregon model, in September 2015.
The husband of the late Brittany Maynard, Dan Diaz, who spent most of last year pushing for the bill’s passage, say she is proud of the conversation that Brittany started and the impact her voice made on what she described as just a basic human right.
California is larger and more culturally-diverse than the other states where the option is available – Washington, Vermont and Oregon (the first to adopt the law in 1997). A fifth state, Montana, does not have an aid-in-dying law but doctors are protected from prosecution provided the terminally-ill patient makes a written request.
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