On January 23, 2020, the Riverside Superior Court in California ruled that opponents do not have standing to bring their claims against the California End of Life Option Act and that the law was properly enacted by the California legislature. This is a monumental victory but the fight continues. Compassion & Choices will continue to be vigilant in protecting the practice of medical aid in dying in California.

In 2020, we continue to grow our grassroots supporter base with events across the state that educate and empower residents of California to chart their own end-of-life journey.

The California End of Life Option Act went into effect on June 9, 2016 after Compassion & Choices launched an ambitious campaign to pass the law. Immediately, opponents of medical aid in dying began efforts to invalidate or repeal the law. With help from Compassion & Choices’ legal and advocacy teams, volunteers and supporters, the law remains in effect while battles continue.

Compassion & Choices has over 100,000 supporters and 1,000 volunteers dedicated to advancing end-of-life options in California. California Action Teams are located in Riverside, San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles/Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and the Bay Area. Action Teams are important parts of our Access Campaign. They provide education and outreach to communities and work to lobby healthcare systems, hospitals, and hospices to support physicians in honoring eligible patients if they decide to receive medical aid in dying. If you’re interested in joining one of those teams, or starting an Action Team in your town or city, click here.


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