California shouldn't scrap 'safeguards' in End of Life Options Act

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The following opinion-editorial by Matt Valliere appeared in the Daily News on April 21, 2021.

Assisted suicide is already legal in California through the so-called End of Life Option Act, narrowly passed by the California Legislature and signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015. The bill received opposition from both Democrat and Republican Assembly members and state senators but was passed, many feel inappropriately, during a Special Legislative Session focused on Medi-Cal funding.

Email your elected representatives urging them to vote NO on SB 380.

Despite the bill's narrow passage, now just a few years into the new law, proponents of this law want to eliminate the very "safeguards" they used as arguments for its passage. The new bill, Senate Bill 380 by Sen. Susan Eggman will get rid of the scheduled 2025 review process that doctors, patient advocates, and legislators allowed for an examination of California's experience with this controversial law. This new bill will also eliminate the 15-day safety period to receive the deadly prescription drugs.

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