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California Proposition 161, the Aid-in-Dying Act (1992)

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California Proposition 161 was on the November 3, 1992 ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Proposition 161 would have allowed mentally competent adults to instruct their physicians in writing to provide aid-in-dying upon their request when they became terminally ill.

Election results

Proposition 161
Defeatedd No5,739,91854.13%
Yes 4,863,478 45.87%

Ballot summary

Proposition 161's official ballot summary said:

  • Authorizes mentally competent adult to request in writing "aid in dying," as defined, in event terminal condition is diagnosed. Establishes rules for executing, witnessing, revoking request.
  • If properly requested, authorizes physician to terminate life in "painless, humane and dignified manner;" provides immunity from civil or criminal liability for participating health care professionals, facilities.
  • Allows physicians, health care professionals, privately owned hospitals to refuse assistance in dying if religiously, morally, ethically opposed.
  • Provides requesting, receiving authorized assistance "not suicide."
  • Prohibits existence or non-existence of directive from affecting insurance policy terms, sale, renewal, cancellation, premiums.

Fiscal estimate

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

Potential costs and savings to state and local government health programs. Net impact is unknown, but probably not significant.

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