Right-to-die bill nears passage in California

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Brittany Maynard, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 29, moved from California to Oregon, where physician assisted suicide is legal, dying there because California forbids the practice.

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Brittany Maynard, who was diagnosed with brain cancer at 29, moved from California to Oregon, where physician assisted suicide is legal, dying there because California forbids the practice.

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Championed by the late Brittany Maynard, the bill cleared the state Assembly and is expected to pass the Senate, making California the fifth state to permit terminally ill people to obtain a lethal prescription from a physician.