California Lawmakers OK Assisted Suicide

California lawmakers gave final approval Friday to a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.

The measure faces an uncertain future with Gov. Jerry Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian who has not said whether he will sign it.

Senators approved the bill on a 23-14 vote after an emotional debate on the final day of the legislative session.

“Eliminate the needless pain and the long suffering of those who are dying,” urged Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, one of the bill’s co-authors.

Opponents said the measure could prompt premature suicides.