Right to Try & Right to Die Bills Reach the California Governor’s Desk

An interesting pair of bills rolled through the California legislature and on to the Governor’s desk. The Right to Try bill (Assembly Bill 159) would allow terminally ill people the right to try experimental drugs while shielding doctors and insurance companies from legal exposure for any negative outcomes. The End of Life Option Act (ABX2 15) would allow a death with dignity and create an end of life option to use medically assisted suicide.

Did they pass?

As to the End of Life Option Act, the Governor stated, “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain,” “I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill.” This bill was signed by the Governor.

As to the Right to Try Bill, the Governor stated, in a veto message, “patients with life threatening conditions should be able to try experimental drugs” but that proposed changes to federal policies will streamline access to such drugs. “Before authorizing an alternative state pathway, we should give this federal expedited process a chance to work.” This bill was vetoed.

I find it interesting in the light of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) that a person can now be allowed to end their life but cannot try an experimental drug to save their life because the drug has not been approved through the FDA. Opponents of the bill have said the legislation would harm patients or give them false hope.

Is this typical government logic?

This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 9:50 pm and is filed under General Legal.