Christy O’Donnell of Valencia (left) with her daughter.
[KHTS] – The California Senate passed the End of Life Act on Friday. It now heads to the governor’s desk.
ABX2-15 would allow mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults the option to request a doctor’s prescription for aid-in-dying drugs to painlessly and peacefully hasten their death.
The bill passed out of the Senate 23-14.
Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, voted against the bill when it was in the lower house Wednesday.
Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Antelope Valley, said this week she was against it.
“This bill strikes a very personal chord for me, as I was terminally ill just a few years ago,” Runner said. “I would not be here today without my lung transplant. It was a long and difficult process, and I struggled through many painful days. But, look at the life I have now. I believe life is sacred; it begins at conception and ends when it is meant to end. We should not force the issue.”
Santa Clarita resident Christy O’Donnell, who is also a single mom, civil rights attorney and former LAPD sergeant, has brain, liver, lung, rib and spine cancer. She’s morphine intolerant and is going to die painfully from her illness.
She is also the lead plaintiff in a suit asserting the California constitution and state law allow terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying.
“The pain is pretty significant now (compared) to when I was in here, what a month ago,” O’Donnell said. “I take a lot of percocet. I take a lot of it and it barely takes the edge off the pain. I’m really at the end of my treatment.”
O’Donnell is just one of hundred of terminally ill patients in the Santa Clarita Valley, she says. She belongs to a stage IV cancer support group with many of them.