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Calif. Group Fails To Get Ballot Referendum On Law Giving Terminally Ill Access To Lethal Drugs

The opponents of the new law say the legislation has insufficient safeguards for vulnerable populations. A California doctor is also worried about patients choosing the option over other treatments.

NPR: A Palliative Care Doctor Weighs California's New Aid-In-Dying Law
When she first heard that California's new aid in-dying law was signed, Dr. Carin van Zyl was relieved to hear that assisted death would be an option for her if she ever needed it herself. But as a palliative care doctor at the University Of Southern California Keck School Of Medicine, she's worried the law might lead people to consider lethal medications over other options that may better accommodate their wishes. (Chen, 1/4)

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