(SACRAMENTO, CA) - The joint authors of California’s End of Life Option Act, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Senators Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and Lois Wolk (D-Davis), released the following statement on the enactment of the End of Life Option Act today:
“Today is a historic day for Californians who are terminally ill and want an additional option to those that previously existed. The End of Life Option Act is now law and available to terminally ill Californians.
We encourage Californians considering the option to exercise the End of Life Option Act to consult their treating physician or visit the California Department of Public Health website at: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/EndofLifeOptionAct.aspx.”
The End of Life Option Act allows terminally ill individuals to obtain a prescription from their attending physician for drugs that must be self-administered to end their own lives. Two physicians must confirm a patient’s prognosis of six months or less to live, patients must make a written request and two oral requests for the drugs a minimum of 15 days apart, and two witnesses must attest to the request.
The Act was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October and became effective 90 days after the adjournment of the second extraordinary session in early March.