Aid-in-Dying Legislation Removed from Assembly Health Committee Calendar

July 07, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, the End of Life Option Act, authored by Senators Monning (D-Carmel) and Wolk (D-Davis), was removed from the Assembly Health Committee calendar.  Senate Bill (SB) 128 would allow a mentally competent, terminally ill adult in the final stages of life to request aid-in-dying medication from a physician. 

“We have chosen not to present SB 128, the End of Life Option Act, today, in the Assembly Health Committee.  However, we are continuing to work with the Committee members to ensure that when the bill is presented, they are comfortable with the measure,” said Senator Monning.  “Seven out of every ten California voters want to see SB 128 become law and we remain committed to passing the End of Life Option Act for all Californians who want this option.”

The End of Life Option Act was modeled on current Oregon law and on statute in other states where the aid-in-dying option is currently provided.  Safeguard provisions are included for patients, physicians, and healthcare providers to ensure that participation is completely voluntary and that healthcare providers who choose not to participate due to personal objections are protected.

Contact: Kathy Smith, (916) 651-4017