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Right-To-Die Bill Passes In California

The California State Senate officially passed the End of Life Option Act on Friday.

The new bill will provide terminally ill patients with the opportunity to obtain physician-assisted suicide in cases where they want to take their own life.

The Huffington Post reports:

The bill was inspired by Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident who became the public face of the “death with dignity” movement after she was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. After discovering her diagnosis was terminal, Maynard moved to Oregon, where it’s long been legal for doctors to help patients end their own lives. Maynard died Nov. 1, 2014.

“I am heartbroken that I had to leave behind my home, my community and my friends in California. But I am dying and I refuse to lose my dignity. I refuse to subject myself and my family to purposeless, prolonged pain and suffering at the hands of an incurable disease,” Maynard said in a video message to lawmakers recorded a few weeks before her death.  “No one should have to leave their home and community for peace of mind, to escape suffering and to plan for a gentle death.”

A version of the bill was first introduced earlier this year and initially appeared to be on the path for passage. The California Medical Association dropped its opposition to the bill, marking a major breakthrough, and the bill passed in the state Senate in June. But before it could be brought to a vote in the Assembly, lawmakers abandoned the bill in committee amid opposition from the Catholic church as well as disability rights advocacy groups.

See the full story at the Huffington Post.

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