Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday allowing doctors to prescribe their dying patients lethal drugs.
The nationally watched bill emerged after months of debate at the Capitol about the right of terminally ill people to end their lives.
Here is a list of the five states with legal physician-assisted suicide (all require a minimum age of 18 and two oral requests to physicians at least 15 days apart with one written, except for Montana which has no legal protocol).
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- California (passed Oct. 5, 2015)
- Montana (passed Dec. 31, 2009)
- Oregon (passed Nov. 8, 1994)
- Vermont (passed May 20, 2013)
- Washington (passed Nov. 4, 2008).
The New Mexico Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the issue later this month.