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California Weighs Physician-Assisted Suicide for Patients With Dementia

Simon Wohlfahrt
A doctor prepares a syringe with “Thiopental” a barbiturate that is used in the practice of euthanasia in a hospital in Belgium, on February 1, 2024. According to California data, between 2016 and 2022, a reported 3,349 people died by assisted suicide and 5,168 total prescriptions for lethal medication were written, primarily for people suffering from cancer or cardiovascular disease.

A new bill would expand the pool of qualified applicants to include patients with ‘early and mid-stage dementia,’ while dropping a required waiting period.