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California Senate panel should let right-to-die bill move forward
California Senate panel should let right-to-die bill move forward

As polls have shown consistently, a strong majority of Californians believe that terminally ill people should be able to end their lives peacefully and without pain when death is near. The state's residents have waited too long; they have watched for nearly 20 years as a right-to-die law in Oregon has granted comfort to the fewer than 800 people who chose that path. During that time, dying people in three additional states have gained that option. Yet a bill to provide the same choice to Californians is now held up in the Senate Appropriations Committee. That won't do. Even the California Medical Assn., which was a formidable foe of similar bills over the last decade,...

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