California Is The Fifth State To Legalize Assisted Suicide
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation allowing physicians to prescribe lethal drugs for patients with a life expectancy of less than six months.By Katie Link | October 5, 2015
Doctors in California can now prescribe to patients lethal doses of drugs in what's widely known as "physician-assisted suicide."
The bill, signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, is called the End of Life Option Act. It lets physicians provide lethal prescriptions to adults with terminal illnesses who have a life expectancy of six months or less.
So-called "assisted suicide" has been widely debated in recent months, and Brown said the decision to approve California's bill was a hard one.