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Assisted suicide: New California law to take effect June 9
Southern California Public Radio

California’s legislature Thursday ended its special session on health care, meaning the state’s assisted suicide law will take effect June 9. Legislative rules require that laws passed during a special session go into effect 91 days after the end of the session.

Under the law, signed by Gov. Brown in October, a patient who has been diagnosed as having six months or less to live can request that his doctor prescribe life-ending medication.

The patient must make two oral requests at least 15 days apart, along with a written request witnessed by at least two people, one of whom may not be a relative.

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