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Terminally Ill Patients End Their Lives Under Calif. Right-To-Die Law

29 June 2017, 09:11 | Rex Hubbard

111 terminally ill patients ended their lives in six months under California right to die law

Debbie Ziegler Brittany Maynard

The CDPH says of the 111 people who died, more than 87% were over 60 years of age. According to the law, seriously ill people could demand life-threatening drugs to doctors in order to end up their lives. From the remaining patients, six were Asian, while the remaining three were black or Hispanics.

The rate of physician-assisted deaths in California between June and December 2016 was 6 per 10,000 deaths, much lower than the 2016 rate in OR, which was 37 per 10,000 deaths, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Satistics on those taking their lives appeared in some respects to mirror those in OR, which was the first state to legalize the practice nearly 20 years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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The End of Life Option Act was passed in California shortly after Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, had to move from San Francisco to OR with her husband so she could die with dignity in November 2014.

Alexandra Snyder, an attorney with Life Legal Defense Foundation and an opponent of the right-to-die law, told the Times that California has effectively decriminalized assisted suicide. Twenty-one of the 191 individuals who received the prescriptions died without using the drugs, while the status of the other 59 individuals is "undetermined". More than 94 percent of the patients had health insurance, including 57 percent on Medicare, Medicaid or California's Medi-Cal program. Therefore, the aid-in-dying law came right in time. Initially, when the law came into existence it was on a high peak and all the ill individuals found it the best option to end their lives peacefully without any pain that seemed to be intolerable. This law is not fully accepted all over the California. California became the fifth state in the nation to pass such a law. We so find some parts in California that stood in opposition to the law.

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