California is the fifth state to enact "Right to Die" legislation.
Beginning June 9, residents of California who are terminally ill will have the legal right to seek life-ending drugs from their doctors.
Under the new law, end-of-life medications can only be prescribed when two different physicians both determine that the patient has no more than six months to live. The person ending his life must also be mentally competent and physically able to self-administer the drug.
The End of Life Option Act was signed into law by California's Democratic governor Jerry Brown in October of last year, but because it passed the state assembly during what is considered an "extraordinary" legislative session, it won't go into effect until 90 days after the session adjourned, which happened last Thursday, March 9.
"We're glad to finally have arrived at this day where we have a date certain," State Senator Bill Monning told NPR. "It's a historic achievement for California, and for a limited universe of people dealing with a terminal illness, it could indeed be a transformative way of giving them the option of a compassionate end-of-life process."
Senator Monning released a statement recognizing the people who worked for passage of the law, but didn't live to see it enacted, calling them "true champions."
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