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Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports assisted suicide

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Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports assisted suicide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Brittany Maynard says in a video recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death that no one should have to leave their home to legally end their life under doctor’s care. The 29-year-old California woman had terminal brain cancer and moved with her family to Oregon before killing herself last year. […]

Posthumous Brittany Maynard video supports assisted suicide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Brittany Maynard says in a video recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death that no one should have to leave their home to legally end their life under doctor’s care.

The 29-year-old California woman had terminal brain cancer and moved with her family to Oregon before killing herself last year.
Her video was released Wednesday, hours ahead of a Senate health committee hearing on a bill that would make it legal for terminally ill California patients to kill themselves with life-ending drugs.

The bill is expected to face a strong challenge, led by medical and religious groups. Opponents see huge consequences for allowing doctors to prescribe fatal drugs.

Advocates for aid-in-dying laws say legislators in at least 17 states have introduced similar measures this year.

The practice is legal in five states, including Oregon.

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