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Health committee ends consideration of ‘End of Life Option Act’




The Health Committee in the California State Assembly pulled the
The Health Committee in the California State Assembly pulled the "End of Life Option Act" today
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SB 128, a bill in the state legislature that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives, will no longer be considered this year.

Despite strong Democratic majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly, the bill could not get out of the health committee. At issue was a number of Southern California Democrats who withheld support, primarily Latinos who came under pressure from the Catholic Church to vote against the legislation. In addition, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, cited concerns about a lack of safeguards for patients.

What recourse do supporters of the bill have now that it is no longer under consideration?

Guests:

Melody Gutierrez, Politics and state government reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

Aaron Kheriaty M.D., a psychiatrist and director of medical ethics at UC Irvine Medical School

Toni Broaddus,  ‎California Campaign Director at Compassion & Choices, an advocacy organization supporting SB 128