Californians Now Have the Right to Die. 111 Used It
Californians Now Have the Right to Die. 111 Used It
111 Patients Chose To End Their Lives Six Months Into California's 'Right To Die' Law
29 June, 2017, 08:50
Deaths from aid-in-dying made up six out of every 10,000 deaths in California between June and December 2016, according to state officials. Fifty-nine percent of those who died were suffering from cancer. The outcomes of 59 others who received the prescriptions were not reported by their doctors within the six-month period, according to the report.
Of those who died, 87 percent were 60 years old or older, most were white, college educated, receiving hospice or palliative care and had health insurance, either provided by the state or private carriers.
California officials said caution should be exercised in trying to draw conclusions from the report that is based on only six months of data.
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While California is significantly more diverse than OR, the California Dept. of Health report almost mirrors what has been occurring in Oregon.
OR was the first state to enact "right-to-die" legislation in 1997, according to the Associated Press.
It reported 204 people received life-ending prescriptions a year ago.
Twenty-one more patients died before they could take the drugs.
The law, first introduced in 2016, allows patients who are terminally ill to voluntarily take their lives.
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