Terminally ill California residents may now legally take medicine to end their lives, thanks to a new law that goes into effect Thursday
Under the "End of Life Option Act," California has become the fifth state in the nation to create a legal process for patients to obtain aid in dying.
And how the law fares in such a large and diverse state could shape whether this controversial option gains traction in the rest of the nation.
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Advocates say people should have the right to decide whether they want "aid in dying," while opponents argue patients could feel pressure to take their own lives.