LOS ANGELES — The state Assembly will soon vote on a bill approved by two committees this past week that would give terminally ill adults the option to request and take prescription medication to painlessly and peacefully die in their sleep if end-of-life suffering becomes unbearable.
The Assembly Finance Committee on Friday paved the way for the full Assembly vote by approving the legislation, the End of Life Option Act (ABX2-15), by a vote of 5-3. On Tuesday, the Assembly Public Health and Developmental Services Committee approved the bill on bipartisan vote of 10-3. If the full Assembly passes ABX2-15, two Senate committees and the full Senate would have to approve the legislation. The Senate approved a similar version of the bill, SB-128, in June. The deadline to pass all bills in the California legislature before the end of this year is Friday.