- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The widower of a terminally ill woman who moved from California to Oregon to end her life will be in Washington to advocate for a right-to-die bill.

The D.C. Council is considering the legislation, which would allow patients with 6 months or less to live to request lethal medication from their doctors.

Physician-assisted death is legal in five states, and several others are considering legislation.

Dan Diaz will join Democratic D.C. Council member Mary Cheh and other advocates at a news conference Thursday to push for the bill. Diaz is the widower of Brittany Maynard, who had terminal brain cancer and moved to Oregon so that she could legally take life-ending drugs in 2014. California has since approved a right-to-die law.

Some medical and religious groups oppose the legislation.


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