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California Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

Jerry Brown
California Governor Jerry Brown waits to speak during a news conference at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California March 19, 2015. Reuters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows doctors to prescribe medication to end a patient's life if two doctors agree the person has only six months to live and is mentally competent.