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All Palm Springs area hospitals refuse to assist suicide
The Desert Sun

The valley’s three hospitals are telling doctors they cannot help terminally ill patients end their lives, an option now available in California under a law that took effect Thursday.

California lawmakers finalized the End of Life Option Act last October. It gives terminally ill patients with less than six months to live the ability to request life-ending drugs from doctors. Hospitals and individual doctors have the ability to opt out.

Eisenhower Medical Center issued a policy saying the Rancho Mirage hospital was “declining to participate in all activities” related to the new law.