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Calif. End-of-Life Law, Inspired by Brittany Maynard, to Go into Effect

June 9, 2016

(USA Today) – Somewhere in California on Thursday, a terminally ill person may lift a glass and drink a lethal slurry of pulverized prescription pills dissolved in water. And then die. That’s the day the nation’s most populous state implements a law, passed in 2015, making physician-assisted dying accessible to 1 in 6 terminally ill Americans, according to its national backers, Compassion & Choices. Similar laws are already in effect in Oregon, Washington and Vermont. In Montana, the state Supreme Court ruled in 2009 that assisted dying was legal under the state’s Rights of the Terminally Ill Act.

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