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Vote set for today on New Jersey’s assisted suicide bill

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Assembly is set to consider a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

Thursday’s vote comes after the measure was pulled from consideration in June.

The bill establishes a procedure for patients to request to end their lives. A second doctor would have to certify the original terminal diagnosis and confirm the patient is capable of making the decision to die without pressure from others.

Assisted suicide opponents have fought the measure, and a companion bill remains stalled in the state Senate.

The vote comes weeks after physician-assisted suicide advocate Brittany Maynard ended her life under an Oregon law allowing terminally ill people to choose when to die.

The 29-year-old was diagnosed with the deadliest form of break cancer shortly after her wedding. She moved her family from her home state of California to Oregon so she could end her life when she wanted to, before her growing cancer robbed her of the ability to function.

Millions of people around the world watched Maynard's emotional explanation for her decision online. She became the public face of the "right to die" movement.