California aid-in-dying measure passes first committee

March 26, 2015 3:21 AM

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California aid-in-dying measure passes first committee

A California aid-in-dying bill cleared its first committee Wednesday following a lengthy debate that highlighted stark disagreements between the bill’s supporters and opponents among medical, religious and disability-rights groups.

The Senate Health Committee voted 6-2, with one abstention, to pass Senate Bill 128. The vote came hours after proponents of the bill released a posthumous video recorded less than three weeks before Brittany Maynard’s assisted suicide in Oregon.

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