During the first six months of California’s End of Life Option Act, a total of 111 people took their own lives.

This number is relatively small in comparison to the state’s large population, possibly helping New York to pass a similar law in New York in the near future.

The California law went into effect in June of 2016. According to the California Department of Public Health, 174 doctors had prescribed aid-in-dying drugs to 191 individuals by the end of the year.

111 of the 191 took the medication. Of the remaining 80 people, 21 died from their illnesses. 59 cases had no reported outcome, reported officials.

Dan Diaz, widower of aid-in-dying advocate Brittany Maynard, felt personally moved by the number of persons able to have control over their deaths.

“It’s a testament to Brittany’s voice and advocacy, that those 111 individuals had the ability to stay at home, under the care of their own medical team, and be surrounded by friends and family when they died,” stated Diaz. “Brittany didn’t have that. We had to move to Oregon for her to have a gentle passing.”

Maynard, 29, suffered from aggressive, terminal brain cancer. In 2014, she moved from California to Oregon to end her life with physician prescribed medication.

She publicly announced her decision to use aid-in-dying medication three weeks before her death, making international headlines.

“When you realize you’re going to die and you learn how you’re going to die, you have choices to make. And those choices aren’t easy. I looked at passing away in hospice care in California, and I really didn’t like what that would have looked like for me,” Maynard told Compassion & Choices, the leading end of life choice advocacy organization in the U.S.

“I have a tremendous sense of relief now that I have the prescription filled,” she added.

On November 1, 2014, Maynard ended her life, putting a stop to the intense headaches, nausea, insomnia and seizures she was suffering from.

After Maynard’s passing, her widow and her mother, Deborah Ziegler, continued to advocate for aid-in-dying medication for terminally ill patients.

Their advocacy ultimately helped California to become the fifth state to give patients with less than six months to live the option to request end-of-life medication from their doctors.

The law maintains that two doctors must confirm that the terminally ill patient has two months to live and that he or she has the mental capacity to understand the decision.

“I’m so immensely proud of Brittany for deciding to speak up to help people she would never meet,” stated Diaz on Tuesday. “As I look at the data, what goes through my mind is what a selfless, loving and caring person Brittany was to try to help these individuals suffering a similar fate.”

Diaz also has spoken with several California families whose loved ones used the new law to have control over their death.

“They were so appreciative to Britney for speaking up and also very grateful for my advocacy in Sacramento to get this passed. To me, that means the world,” Diaz said.

“One case was a man who was 94 years old,” he continued. “His family couldn’t imagine having to up and move to another state like Brittany did. I could feel their sincere gratitude.”

According to Corinne Carey, New York’s campaign director for Compassion & Choices, the California data is expected to help Death with Dignity legislation in New York.

“I think this report will answer a lot of the questions people have had. We’ve had a lot of rich data out of Oregon, but Oregon is a pretty homogenous state. California is much more populous and diverse. It’s much more like New York,” stated Carey.

Some New York lawmakers are concerned that disadvantaged terminally ill patients will be pressured to take aid-in-dying medication. They also worry that there will be a “flood of requests,” stated Carey.

However, the California statistics proved that many of the people taking the medication were “educated, health-literate people asking for some control over their death.” Of the 111 people taking their own lives, 89.5% were white and 72.1% had some level of college education.

Also, the relatively low number of people who took the medication in California proved that “in any given year, there are only going to be a small percentage of people who seek medical aid in dying. It’s not for a lot of people. This should help set lawmakers’ minds at ease,” added Carey.