August 12, 2016

Before assisted dying, Californian holds party for friends

Independent, UK

One of the first Californians to die under the state’s new doctor-assisted suicide law held a party before ending her life.

Betsy Davis, a 41-year-old artist, who suffered from ALS, a neurodegenerative disease, held a gathering of 30 friends in the mountain town of Ojai in southern California.

She then took a cocktail of drugs, prescribed by her doctor, which killed her.

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Ms Davis ended her life the month after the California law went came into force. The law allows adults who are terminally ill and have less than six months to live to be given “aid-in-dying” drugs by a doctor.

The California End of Life Option Act makes the state the fifth in America to legalise doctor-assisted dying.


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