State lawmakers pass End-of-Life Option Act

September 11, 2015

It might come down to pure emotion in real life, but in Sacramento, the right to end one's own life has been a political matter. 

In January, state senators Bill Monning, D-Carmel, and Lois Wolk, D-Davis, introduced SB 128, the End-of-Life Option Act. It would have allowed terminally ill patients, with a prognosis of six months or less to live, to obtain a prescription to a lethal dose of barbiturates. 

Monning and Wolk did their homework before introducing the bill, coaxing committee members who would have a say on SB 128 as it moved through the legislative process in Sacramento. They'd calculated their odds of passing such a bill were good. 

But when it was scheduled to go to the Assembly Health Committee in July, Monning and Wolk pulled the bill, doubtful it could get enough votes to pass.