California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill to streamline the assisted suicide process for terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives.
The bill will slash the current 15-day waiting period for patients to get the lethal drugs to a mere 48 hours. The law also requires health care providers to post their physician-assisted suicide policies on their websites.
The new rules around physician-assisted suicide will go into effect next year. The law was co-authored by two Democratic state lawmakers, Assemblyman Jim Wood of Santa Rosa and state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton.
Advocates for assisted suicide hailed the governor’s support of the bill.
“We cannot thank Gov. Gavin Newsom enough for his support of this compassionate act,” said the president and CEO of Compassion and Choices Action Network, Kim Callinan, in a statement.