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California Lawmakers Consider Right-to-Die Legislation

A cancer patient and five doctors filed suit in February to attempt to exempt physicians from suit and criminal charges if they help terminally ill patients end their lives. Currently, California has a ban on assisted suicide, but this suit would change that. They argue that physicians are not helping the patient commit suicide, but are helping the patient have a peaceful death. Lawmakers have also been considering lifting the ban. In one case, the case of Brittany Maynard, the patient actually moved to Oregon so that she could end her life legally. Ms. Maynard suffered from a terminal brain…