The Legal Principles Affecting Decisions at the End of Life, by John Sims
Tuesday, October 30 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Janet Leigh Theatre
3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211
California’s End of Life Option Act (EOLA) took effect on June 9, 2016, and since then over 500 individuals have ended their lives with drugs obtained from physicians through use of the law’s procedures. Even apart from the legal technicalities surrounding EOLA, the debate over physician assistance in ending one’s life is an intense one. This debate raises a number of interesting constitutional issues, and also calls for renewed attention to the use of advance directives for health care, and to the medical issue raised by palliative care for extreme pain.