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Lois Wolk
A new reason to support California's 'death with dignity' bill
A new reason to support California's 'death with dignity' bill

For the first time in close to a decade, the California Legislature is considering a bill that would grant terminally ill patients the right to seek a prescription from a physician for a lethal dose of medicine, giving them the ability to die peacefully rather than suffer severe mental anguish or unbearable physical pain. It's a good, carefully written bill modeled on Oregon's successful 20-year-old "death with dignity" law, and it deserves to pass. But just as the Legislature is beginning to consider the bill, a lawsuit has been brought in an effort to move the process along more quickly, contending that terminally ill Californians already have an inherent right to end...

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