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Right-to-die measure clears California Assembly on 43-34 vote
The Mercury News

Legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients cleared a major hurdle Wednesday when the state Assembly narrowly passed the measure on a 43-34 vote after an emotionally wrenching debate that left many legislators in tears.

Lawmakers testified passionately for and against the issue on the Assembly floor for almost two hours before casting their votes. Many talked about their personal experiences dealing with dying relatives and friends.