Low Use Of Aid-In-Dying Laws By Minorities Elsewhere Could Be Signal For Calif.
It's too early to tell if minorities will take advantage of California's aid-in-dying law, but they have not in other states where it is an option.
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Will People Of Color In California Use The Aid In Dying Law?
In Oregon, between 1998 and 2015, 97.1 percent of [people using the state's Death With Dignity act] were white, according to the Oregon Health Authority. Last year in Washington, 98 percent of participants were also white, according to the Washington Department of Public Health. But while Oregon and Washington have largely white populations, California’s demographics are much different. Latinos are 39 percent of the population and Asians and African Americans make up 15 percent and 6 percent of the state’s population, respectively. (Johnson, 9/27)