SACRAMENTO, CA - California is one step closer to becoming the fifth 'right to die' state. Lawmakers there have approved legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.
The so-called Dying with Dignity legislation picked up momentum more than a year ago when a 29-year-old terminally ill California woman moved to Oregon to end her life...because Oregon law already allows that.
You may recall the story of Brittany Maynard, the newlywed diagnosed with brain cancer? Her story made national headlines and resurrected the issue within the California Assembly.
Maynard ended her life last November to spare her family the pain of watching her suffer. But it has taken all this time to get the bill this far in California, partly because of pressure from the Catholic Church which opposes it.
The bill now goes back to the senate where it is likely to pass by Friday`s deadline. Then it is on to Governor Jerry Brown`s desk. Interesting to note, the Democrat considered becoming a Catholic Priest at one time in his life but so far he hasn`t indicated where he stands on this issue.
The measure before the California senate may be a victory for right-to-die advocates, but a bittersweet one to be sure..