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California bishops disappointed assisted suicide measure signed into law


California's bishops expressed disappointment with Gov. Jerry Brown's Monday signing of a measure legalizing physician-assisted suicide in the state, saying the law "stands in direct contradiction to providing compassionate, quality care for those facing a terminal illness."

"This bill does nothing to validate the lives of the vulnerable," said the California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's bishops, in a statement soon after Brown's action.

California governor signs right-to-die bill sought by Brittany Maynard

Physician-assisted dying will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows terminally ill people to seek a doctor’s prescription for a lethal medication. As in Oregon, two doctors must agree the person has only six months to live and is mentally competent.



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October 21-November 3, 2016

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