- California is the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescriptions from their doctors
- The law takes effect in June
- Medical groups and others raise awareness to ensure all terminally ill patients will have access to it
Fairchild, a retired army sergeant, refuses to say he is fighting a battle against cancer, because he knows it's one he will lose. He's not sure how long he has to live, but he knows this: he doesn't want to spend his last days in agony.
In October, California became the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives with prescriptions from their doctors after months of contentious debate. Religious groups and disability rights activists fought against the law and tried unsuccessfully to get a referendum on the ballot to overturn it.
Late last week the bill's authors
announced that the aid-in-dying law would take effect June 9.
Fairchild said he feels calmer knowing the law will become effective in just a few months. When it's time, he said, having a prescription will enable him to say goodbye to family and die in his sleep instead of suffering through intense pain, nausea or seizures.