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California’s Right-To-Die Law Sparks Reaction

Scott Shafer of KQED and The California Report hosted a special radio broadcast on California’s landmark aid-in-dying law. The issue gained national attention last year after Brittany Maynard, who suffered from terminal brain cancer, moved from California to Oregon in order to be able to end her life legally with drugs prescribed by a physician.

Shafer interviewed KQED health reporter April Dembosky, advocates and opponents of the law, and Dan Diaz, the husband of Maynard.  Diaz describes how his wife personally lobbied California Gov. Jerry Brown before her death, even though the right-to-die issue was not yet pending as legislation in the state.

Listen to audio of the report below.

This story is part of a partnership that includes KQED, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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