Physician-Assisted Suicide to Become Legal in California

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 (Courtesy: Compassion & Choices)

Governor Jerry Brown signed the "End of Life Option Act" on Monday, granting terminally ill patients in California the right to end their lives with the help of a physician. The bill will take effect in 2016 and culminates a 23-year effort to legalize medically-assisted suicide in the state. Supporters say the legislation will give people who are dying a legal alternative to a painful and prolonged death. Opponents of the law fear it will lead to unnecessary or even coerced deaths.

Gov. Jerry Brown's Message After Signing End of Life Bill

Guests:

Marilyn Golden, senior policy analyst, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

April Dembosky, health reporter, The California Report

Toni Broaddus, California campaign director, Compassion & Choices

David Magnus, director, Center for Biomedical Ethics; Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University

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