Last week (August 31 to September 6, 2015) Californians got another step closer to having Death with Dignity as an end-of-life option when the state Assembly’s Extraordinary Session Public Health and Developmental Services Committee on approved AB2X-15, the California End of Life Option Act, on a 10 to 3 vote. The finance committee later approved the bill on a 5 to 3 vote; the same day University of California Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies released a poll showing support for the bill now stands at nearly 76%. The bill will be debated and voted on in the full Assembly this week.
In New Mexico, the State Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments, for October 26, in the lawsuit recently decided by the appeals court which struck down a lower court’s ruling that physician assisted dying was legal in the state.
- “Make your voice heard on End of Life Option Act,” Napa Valley Register, 8/31/2015
- “Assisted-death bill passes first Assembly committee,” Sacramento Bee, 9/1/2015
- “Key Assembly panel approves Aid-in-Dying bill for California,” Los Angeles Times, 9/2/2015
- “Doctors’ group opposes changes to proposed aid-in-dying bill,” Los Angeles Times, 9/2/2015
- “Revived California right-to-die bill clears first hurdle in Assembly committee,” San Jose Mercury News, 9/2/2015
- “Aid-in-dying bill advances to Assembly floor for vote next week,” Ventura County Star, 9/4/2015
- “Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Advances as Backers Add Sunset Clause,” KQED 9/4/2015
- “New Mexico court schedules arguments on assisted suicide,” KRQE via Associated Press, 9/1/2015
- “Aid-in-dying case to be heard,” Albuquerque Journal, 9/2/2015
Elsewhere & Other Stories
- Arizona: “Bisbee first Arizona city to pass Aid in Dying resolution,” Sierra Vista Herald, 9/2/2015
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