California right-to-die law goes into effect
(SACRAMENTO (KUSI) — California’s controversial right-to-die legislation was set to take effect Thursday making it the fifth state giving terminally ill patients the option to use medicine to end their life.
The bill was signed into law in October after months of debates and court hearings about the issue.
Opponents called the bill “premature suicide,” but proponents argued that the bill applies to mentally sound, terminally ill patients and not those who are depressed or impaired.
In a statement released from the Office of the Governor, Gov. Brown said he spent many hours reading material from doctors, religious leaders and others before coming to this decision.
"In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death," he said. "I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others."