Recognizing they lacked votes in a key Assembly committee, authors of legislation that would have allowed terminally ill Californians to legally end their lives pulled the bill Tuesday morning.
Senate Bill 128, the End of Life Option Act, had already cleared the state Senate, but faced opposition in the Assembly Health Committee, including from a group of Southern California Democrats from heavily Latino districts after the archbishop of Los Angeles increased its advocacy efforts in opposition to the bill.
"We continue to work with Assembly Members to ensure they are comfortable with the bill," said Sens. Lois Wolk, (D-Davis), and Bill Monning, (D-Monterey), and Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, (D-Stockton) in a joint statement. "For dying Californians, like Jennifer Glass, who was scheduled to testify today, this issue is urgent. We remain committed to passing the End of Life Option Act for all Californians who want and need the option of medical aid in dying.”
Under the bill, mentally competent adults who are terminally ill with less than six months to live could request lethal medication from a physician.
In an interview, Monning stressed that the bill is "not dead" and that it has two years -- not one -- for passage.