California Revisits Right-to-Die Legislation

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After the highly publicized death of Brittany Maynard, the California woman who moved to Oregon to end her life legally, California lawmakers have unveiled a bill to allow physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients. The bill legalizes the prescription of fatal medications to mentally competent patients with less than six months to live. We look at what this latest bill means for California and the debate over the right to die.

KQED Newsroom recently discussed Brittany Maynard and end-of-life choices:


April Dembosky, KQED health reporter

Toni Broaddus, California campaign director for Compassion & Choices

Marilyn Golden, senior policy analyst for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), which opposes the legalization of assisted suicide

David Magnus, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and professor of medicine, biomedical ethics and pediatrics at Stanford University