Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that allows doctors to prescribe medication to end the lives of terminally ill patients, ending a decades-long fight in the state.
The CA law is modeled after the one voters in Oregon passed in 1994, and goes into effect January 1, 2016.
After signing the law, Gov. Brown released a statement. "I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain," Brown said. "I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn't deny that right to others."
How will the program be implemented in California? What are the pieces that need to be in place and the protocol that needs to be established?
Toni Broaddus, California Campaign Director at Compassion & Choices, an advocacy organization behind the push to legalize physician-assisted suicide in the state.
Dan Diaz, Brittany Maynard’s husband and an advocate of end of life options
George Eighmey , Vice President, Death with Dignity National Center based in Oregon. He was an Oregon state legislator in 1997, when Oregon law was passed. He headed Compassion in Dying of Oregon, a nonprofit that facilitated implementation of the Death of Dignity law in Oregon.
Aaron Kheriaty, psychiatrist and director of medical ethics at UC Irvine Medical School