Over 100 People End Their Lives Under California's "Right To Die" Law

Jul 01, 2017, 00:15
Over 100 People End Their Lives Under California's

Compassion & Choices June 1 report about the first year of the End of Life Option Act showed at least 504 terminally ill adults in California have received prescriptions for medical aid in dying.

Roughly 75% of the 111 who successfully ended their own lives were between 60-89 years of age, and 89.5% were white. While 111 people took the medicine and died, 191 prescriptions were actually written, which means 80 people had a change of heart or circumstances changed in some way.

The report analyzes statistics only through December 31 of 2016, so its numbers understate use of the law to date.

Health officials from the Golden State now report that 111 terminally ill patients used the law to legally end their lives in its first six months. We so find some parts in California that stood in opposition to the law.

She also explained her advocacy others facing a similar fate, noting while she and her husband were able to move to OR to obtain end-of-life medication, "the vast majority of families do not have the flexibility, resources and time to make all these changes".

"It's really tragic that doctors are now thinking that the best they can do for a patient is to give them a handful of barbiturates and leave them to their own devices", Snyder said. The data showed that the legislature was significantly less used in the first six months in California, with drug-assisted deaths accounting for just six out of every 10,000 deaths in the state. The number is much lower than the deaths that took place in OR during the year 1998.

"Patients are not required to have even a basic psychological evaluation prior to receiving a prescription for lethal drugs", a message on the Life Legal Defense website addressing assisted suicide said.

OR was the first state to adopt this kind of law in 1997.

A lot of them were white, college educated, had health insurance provided by either private or state carriers, and were receiving hospice or palliative care. Fifty-nine percent of those who died were suffering from cancer.