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California should revive right-to-die legislation
California should revive right-to-die legislation

California last considered right-to-die legislation in 2007. But now, the case of Brittany Maynard, a Californian who moved to Oregon so that she could painlessly end her life, may help persuade the Legislature to try again. Over the last month, Maynard has become a national poster case for such laws. She's an attractive spokeswoman, only 29 years old, rational and articulate on the subject of why she plans to end her life — perhaps as soon as Saturday — before her aggressive brain cancer can rob her of cognitive function and impose a painful, seizure-ridden death. Her youth sharpens the tragedy, and her advance selection of a specific death date lends a grave and somewhat...

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