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Area hospitals draw line in sand for aid-in-dying law
Ventura County Star

California’s new aid-in-dying law has pushed six of Ventura County’s eight hospitals to adopt policies, all delivering a similar message:

Can’t do it here.

The End of Life Option Act gives terminally ill people with six months or less to live the legal right to obtain medication that will end their lives. Passed last year, the law went into effect June 9.

In sync with state trends that neither surprise nor worry law advocates who say people want to die at home, local hospitals are issuing policies that prevent patients from ingesting medications in their wards.