May 29, 2024

California considers assisted suicide

Inspired by the example of its northern neighbour, the California legislature is examining whether it should legalise assisted suicide. A bill modelled on the existing Oregon law has cleared its first hurdle, with the Assembly Judiciary Committee approving it by a vote of 5 to 3. Supporters say that 70% of Californians support the idea. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has not yet taken a stand.