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Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill One Step from Governor’s Desk
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Supporters of a controversial bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in California have two more days to get their legislation to the Governor’s desk.

The bill cleared one of its last major hurdles in the Assembly on Wednesday, with members voting 42 to 33 to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who request it.

Authors were able to convert several opponents in recent weeks by adding more patient protections to the legislation, including a sunset clause that would end the law after 10 years, and a requirement for patients who have been prescribed the fatal drugs to sign a form two days before taking them.