California lawmakers approved a bill on Friday that would allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.
However, the next step is the most challenging one. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said whether he would end up signing the bill. Senators approved the bill on a 23-14 vote after an emotional debate on the final day of the legislative session.
"Eliminate the needless pain and the long suffering of those who are dying," urged Democratic Sen. Lois Wolk, one of the bill's co-authors.
Opponents of the measure say there are too many unanswered questions surrounding the bill. They fear it could cause premature suicides.