Brittany Maynard family pushing California right-to-die bill

Author: Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Three California lawmakers are promoting right-to-die legislation with the family of a terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to legally end her life.

Brittany Maynard’s mother and husband will be at the state Capitol on Wednesday to support a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their lives in California.

The 29-year-old Northern California woman had brain cancer. She argued in online videos that patients facing imminent death should be able to die on their own terms.

Maynard’s family has been speaking publicly for the first time since her November death as lawmakers nationwide consider whether to allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs.

The California proposal would require patients to take the fatal medication themselves. Previous efforts have failed after facing opposition from religious and medical groups.

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