California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the states first Right to Die bill after months of passionate debate. The legislation, which will allow terminally ill people to choose to end their own lives, was partially inspired by the tragic story of Brittany Maynard.
With a stroke of his pen, Governor Jerry Brown, 77, has made California only the fifth state in America to give terminally ill people the right to die with dignity. The law had been a cause of Brittany Maynard‘s, 29, a young woman who had to move to Oregon after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness to take advantage of that state’s assisted suicide law.
The law is controversial but the Governor made his feelings clear on why he signed the bill. “I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death,” Brown wrote in his signing message to lawmakers. “I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.” We’re sure that Brittany would have agreed.
The law was a major goal of Brittany’s, who urged her supporters to fight for it, even after she passed. The young woman from California was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in April, 2014 and she was given just six months to live. Before her diagnosis, she was a fearless traveler who once climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Her debilitating headaches started not long after her wedding to husband Dan Diaz, 42. The couple was even “actively trying” to get pregnant and start a family. She passed away on November 1, 2014 after taking advantage of Oregon’s Right to Die law.
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— Alex Cramer