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

29 June 2017, 09:11 | Lucy Hill

LAKANA State of California

111 people died under California's new right-to-die law

The law - which allows terminally ill adults to obtain life-ending drugs from their doctors - took effect on June 9, 2016.

California's Right to Die Law opened the door for 111 people to take their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of the law, state data released Tuesday said.

Other states have similar right-to-die laws.

According to the report, between June 9, 2016 and December 31, 2017, 191 people requested the prescription, and 111 of them were reported to have died after ingesting the medication.

Right-to-die law passed by the California's state government has created a chaos in California after 111 patients attempted suicide by consuming fatal medically prescribed drugs.

The California data shows that the law is working as it should, according to Matt Whitaker, State Director of Compassion & Choices, which backed the California law.

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Christian Burkin, spokesperson for California Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman, said that the data may be limited, but the numbers show that the End of Life Option Act is being implemented the way Eggman and other authors of the law intended it to work.

The new law made the Golden State the fifth state in the country to allow certain patients to request life-ending drugs from their doctors. A little more than 75 percent of those who died were between the ages of 60 to 89.

Alexandra Snyder, an attorney for Life Legal Defense Foundation and critic of the law, told the Times that there is no way to determine whether a patient was coerced into taking the drug.

A snapshot of the patients who took advantage of the law mirrors what's been seen in OR, which was the first state to legalize the practice almost two decades ago.

As compared to OR, the suicide cases are much lower in California because the law is not completely rooted in this state. Fifty-nine percent of those who died were suffering from cancer.



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