Calif. Senate Committee Advances Right-to-Die Bill
On Tuesday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a right-to-die bill (SB 128) that would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to patients with terminal illnesses. The End of Life Options Act, by state Sens. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and William Monning (D-Carmel), would require that medication is self-administered, the patient is mentally competent and that two physicians confirm the prognosis that the patient has six months or less to live, among other things. The measure now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
- "Assisted Death Bill Passes Senate Judiciary Committee" (Koseff, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 4/7).