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Current Status: The End of Life Option Act Is In Effect

California’s physician-assisted dying law, ABX2-15 (AB-15), the End of Life Option Act, took effect on June 9, 2016 and is currently in effect. Patients may request and physicians may prescribe life-ending medications under the law.

The End of Life Option Act closely follows the model of the Oregon Death with Dignity Act with some modifications, most of which are required to comply with the California statute.

The January 23 ruling by the Riverside County Superior Court confirmed the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the End of Life Option Act lack standing and that the law was passed in the state legislature appropriately.

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We support the work of End of Life Choices California. a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is providing information and personal support regarding California’s End of Life Option Act and all other legal end-of-life options to the medical community and to the public.

About the Statute

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About the Legal Challenge

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The California Medical Society changed its position on the then-proposed law from opposed to neutral in June 2015.

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What does death with dignity mean to you?

Most people join our movement because of a heartbreaking personal experience. We receive stories of such experiences every day, and every day they inspire us to work toward ensuring terminally-ill Americans have the freedom to decide how they die. We want to hear from you. What's your death with dignity story? What inspired you to get involved in the cause?

History of Death with Dignity in California

In the 2018 legislative session, the California legislature approved and Governor Brown signed into law AB-282 which amends the California penal code to “prohibit a person whose actions are compliant with the End of Life Option Act from being prosecuted for deliberately aiding, advising, or encouraging suicide.”

Legal Challenge

The law was challenged in courts immediately after going into effect on June 9, 2016. While the End of Life Option Act continues to be in effect, the case is still active in the California court system.

How the End of Life Option Act Came to Be

The California law is a result of 25 years of work. Death with Dignity Political Fund has provided strategic support for the effort in California.

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What does death with dignity mean to you?

Most people join our movement because of a heartbreaking personal experience. We receive stories of such experiences every day, and every day they inspire us to work toward ensuring terminally-ill Americans have the freedom to decide how they die. We want to hear from you. What's your death with dignity story? What inspired you to get involved in the cause?

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