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Despite Sweeping Death-With-Dignity Law, Few Will Have That Option
National Public Radio

The death-with-dignity movement took a giant step forward this week, with 38 million people coming under its umbrella in a single swoop when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act on Monday.

But the law still leaves out a wide range of people who might want to be covered: people with progressive debilitating diseases that don’t have an obvious six-months-to-live prognosis and people with dementia, the fastest-growing health threat in the U.S. That’s also true of similar laws in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.

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