For the tidy sum of $2,000, terminally ill Californians can now pay a doctor to help them commit suicide. Dr. Lonny Shavelson, who heads Bay Area End of Life Options, said he charges $200 for an initial evaluation and $1,800 in other fees to help patients end their lives.

The medical practice began offering the service on Thursday, after a law permitting physician-assisted suicide officially went into effect. A former emergency room doctor, Dr. Shavelson, 64, said he stopped practicing medicine for two years in order to work on a documentary regarding gender fluidity, but decided to reopen his doors in response to the law. READ MORE