Assisted suicide opponents vow to fight California law

Assisted suicide opponents vow to fight California law

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Opponents of California legislation allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs for the terminally ill are launching a drive for a referendum to overturn the law.

A group called Seniors Against Suicide filed paperwork with the Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday asking that the issue be placed on the ballot in November 2016.

To qualify, they must collect 365,880 signatures by Jan. 3 – 90 days from the enactment of the law.

It comes a day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law.

Right-to-die advocates say the law’s passage reflects growing support for the right.

Opponents say it legalizes premature suicide and put terminally ill patients at risk for coerced death.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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