Compassion & Choices Action Network today joined California lawmakers in a virtual news conference today to announce the introduction of a bill to improve access to the California End of Life Option Act and prevent it from expiring in a few years.
The End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9, 2016, authorizing the compassionate option of medical aid in dying for terminally ill, mentally capable adults to get a prescription they can take to end their life peacefully. The law included a sunset provision that would expire at the end of 2025 unless new legislation is passed.
The new bill to amend the law, Senate Bill (SB) 380, would remove regulatory roadblocks to access the law that impede or outright prevent hundreds of Californians each year from using medical aid in dying to peacefully end their suffering. Here is a fact sheet about SB 380.