Assisted suicide opponents vow to fight California law

Oct 6, 2015 8:11 PM by News Staff

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 more than 365,000 signatures.

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.

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