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As doctor-assisted suicide bill heads to CA Senate, looking at its odds at becoming law




This undated photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, who ended her life on Nov. 2, 2013.
This undated photo provided by the Maynard family shows Brittany Maynard, who ended her life on Nov. 2, 2013.
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After passing the state Assembly Wednesday, a bill that would let doctors prescribe life-ending medications to terminally-ill patients is heading to the Senate.

It’s highly likely that the Senate would pass the bill, but it’s another matter whether Governor Jerry Brown would sign it into law.

Under ABx2-15, patients would be required to submit three separate requests to a physician -- two oral and one written -- with at least 15 days between each request.

Guests:

Christal Smith, Southern California State Director of Compassion and Choices, an advocacy organization supporting ABx2-15, and its previous incarnation, SB 128 (Full disclosure: Christal used to work on the show, and also on Talk of the City on KPCC)

Margaret Hall, a disability rights advocate for the Californians Against Assisted Suicide, an organization dedicated to preventing legalization of doctor assisted suicide in California. She is a person with disability