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Cancer patients thank governor for signing aid-in-dying bill

Wolf Breiman, 87, suffers from a cancer that he knows may end his life in a painful way, so he said it was a relief to hear that Gov. Jerry Brown decided Monday to give terminally ill patients access to drugs they can use to end their own lives on their own terms.

Breiman, whose disease is currently under control, would not qualify now because he has not been given less than six months to live.

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Jerry Brown turned to his own doctor and Desmond Tutu in assisted-suicide decision

In signing a controversial assisted suicide bill Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown released a highly personal statement explaining his decision-making.

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Here's the text of that statement:

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

ABx2 15 is not an ordinary bill because it deals with life and death.

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For Jerry Brown, end-of-life bill forces personal reflection

As someone deep into his eighth decade of life, and with multiple brushes with cancer under his belt, death is not an uncommon topic for Gov. Jerry Brown.

Often it’s a source of humor, such as in May when he ruminated on the pointlessness of pursuing perfect solutions in an imperfect world.

“It’s messy, there’s suffering, and in the end we all die,” Brown said in a speech to a business group.

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Gov. Brown signs controversial assisted-suicide bill

Caught between conflicting moral arguments, Gov.

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How assisted suicide will work in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Monday allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients.

Q: What would the law allow?

Modeled after a landmark law in Oregon, California's law would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with drugs prescribed by physicians.

The legislation includes safeguards against abuse, supporters say.

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How Jerry Brown has decided tough issues before

Having approved legislation allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives, Gov. Jerry Brown has to make another decision -- this one by Sunday -- about helping suffering Californians.

Lawmakers passed a bill that would allow those with life-threatening diseases access to experimental treatments, even before they are federally approved for general use.

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