California’s medical aid in dying law, the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), has helped some terminally-ill Californians have a peaceful death. Let’s give more people this option!
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Why the Hemlock Society of San Diego Supports California Senate Bill 380:
Since the law went into effect in 2016 a small number of terminally-ill Californians have used the law to end their suffering. Countless others have not been able to use the law because :
- they waited too long to ask for the option and were so near death that they could not fulfill the required 15 day waiting period
- they were not aware, and were not told by their doctor that the law existed
- their request for medical-aid-in dying was not entered into their medical record when they made the first request
- they did not realize their medical system prohibited participating in the End of Life Option Act and no one told them
- other reasons, not necessarily addressed in this amendment
California Senate Bill 380 strengthens and improves the EOLOA, giving more terminally-ill Californians the option for a peaceful death.
We urge you click the button above to use the California Legislation Position Letter Portal to send a message to your state representatives today.
What SB 380 does:
California Senate Bill 380 amends the state’s End of Life Option Act (EOLOA) originally passed in 2015. The proposed amendment strengthens and improves the original legislation in these important ways:
- It eliminates the 2026 expiration date that was part of the original End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), making California’s EOLOA permanent
- For individuals who have less than 15 days to live, It eliminates the 15 day waiting period between the two requests to access the life ending medications required by the original act.
- It requires all oral and written requests by individuals to access the life ending medications be entered into a patient’s record, and that this record follow individuals from one doctor to another as well as one medical facility to another.
- It allows licensed clinical social workers and licensed professional counselors as well as psychiatrists and psychologists to determine an individual’s mental capacity to make medical decisions.
- It requires doctors to provide information on the EOLOA to terminally ill patients requesting such information.
- It requires doctors/medical facilities who do not participate in the EOLOA to refer terminally ill patients to do participate in this act.
- It requires most medical facilities to post their willingness to participate in the EOLA on their websites.
- For terminally ill patients who have already made two oral and one written request for life ending medications, it eliminates the requirement for a final attestation statement.
From the legislative counsel’s analysis: “This bill would redefine those activities that are considered “participation” for these purposes to exclude diagnosis of an individual with a terminal illness, prognosis of an individual’s illness, determination of an individual’s capacity to make medical decisions, provision of information regarding the act, and referral to a medical provider who will participate in the activities under the act. “
“The bill would state that failure to provide information about medical aid in dying to an individual who requests it, or failure to refer the individual, upon request, to another health care provider or health care facility that is willing to provide the information, is considered a failure to obtain informed consent for subsequent medical treatments.”