California Right to Die Law Allows 111 Deaths in 6 Months
- Author: Santos West Jul 01, 2017,
Jul 01, 2017, 0:13
The California Department of Public Health reported that between June 9, 2016, and December 31, 2016, 111 terminally ill patients took the life-ending drugs they were prescribed under the law. After being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Maynard moved to Oregon-which at the time was only one of four states to allow patients to take their own life.
California's End of Life Option Act went into effect June 9, 2016, allowing assisted suicide in the state after years of contentious debate.
During the first six month's of California's right-to-die law, 111 people in the state ended their lives using lethal prescriptions. Of that group, 111 people were reported by physicians to have died after ingesting the drug.
The state data shows that during the half-year from the day the law took effect on June 9, 2016 until December 31, 2016, 191 terminally ill Californians received prescriptions from 173 doctors for aid-in-dying medication; 111 of those individuals (58%) made a decision to self-ingest the medication. She also argued that the law offers no way to determine whether a patient was coerced into taking life-ending drugs.
Of the 111 people who chose to use the law, 75.6 percent were between 60 and 89 years old, according to the CDPH, and 58.6 percent of those who took advantage of the law were diagnosed with terminal cancer.
As compared to OR, the suicide cases are much lower in California because the law is not completely rooted in this state. "The law happened at the right time for us". Most were receiving hospice, had health insurance and were college educated. Doctor-assisted deaths are likewise legal in Colorado, Montana, Vermont, Washington state and Washington D.C.
Compassion & Choices is the oldest nonprofit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life in the United States, with 450,000 members nationwide. "173 unique physicians prescribed 191 individuals aid-in-dying drugs".