SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Two Democratic state senators Wednesday introduced the End of Life Option Act -- a bill that would give terminally-ill Californians the right to end their life with medication prescribed by a doctor.
Standing with the lawmakers were the mother and husband of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who died in November after choosing to end her own life at her home in Portland.
Maynard was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year. Her story made national headlines when she moved with her family to Oregon so she could take her own life under Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.
"Once Brittany knew her plan was in place, she could relax," said Debbie Ziegler, Brittany's mother. "She and I had seconds, minutes and, sometimes, hours of sheer bliss."
Maynard became the public face for the "right to die" movement -- urging California lawmakers to pass a similar "death with dignity" law in her home state.
"Brittany recognized to stay here in California would mean she potentially would face a horrific death," said Dan Diaz, Brittany's husband. "She would have preferred to pass away peacefully in this state."
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