California Right-to-Die Bill Struggling Ahead of Key Vote

A bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives is struggling to muster enough support ahead of a legislative vote Tuesday.

Aid-in-dying advocates had hoped the nationally publicized case of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old California woman with brain cancer who moved to Oregon to legally end her life last fall, would prompt a wave of new state laws allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medications. No state has passed right-to-die legislation this year, however, and efforts have been defeated or stalled in Colorado, Maine, New Jersey and elsewhere.

Maynard’s family has been coming to Sacramento in support of California’s bill.

The bill also faced opposition from the Catholic Church and other groups that say it amounts to assisted suicide and goes against the will of God