State legislators make new push for ‘right to die’ legislation

SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – Democratic legislators on Tuesday were expected to present a new plan in front of Governor Jerry Brown for passing right to die legislation.

The controversial bill, ABX2-15, would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients and allow them to end their own lives. A similar bill was opposed earlier this year by religious groups and advocates for those with disabilities, who argued that such acts go against the will of God and put terminally ill patients at a greater risk for coerced death.

The previous measure stalled in the Assembly after passing through the state Senate.

ABX2-15, if passed, would bypass the health committee in which the previous proposal stalled.

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