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Will suicide bill die a natural death?
San Francisco Chronicle

When Senate Bill 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, passed the state Senate, supporters hailed the measure’s success as a sign of it inevitability. And what Democrat in this heavily left-leaning Legislature wants to be on — say it slowly — The Wrong Side of History?

It turns out reports of the measure’s slam-dunkedness were greatly exaggerated. Opponents of SB128 expected the bill to sail through the Senate, but then get mired in the Assembly. Sure enough, this week co-sponsors state Sens. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Bill Monning, D-Monterey, had to pull a scheduled vote in the Assembly Health Committee and delay it until July 7 because, as The Chronicle’s Melody Gutierrez reported, six committee Democrats are not on board. Five are members of the Latino caucus. Ergo the new spin on the bill, advanced by Wolk, is that the Catholic Church in all its might is leaning on its flock to kill the bill.

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