Both Sides React to Governor Brown Signing Right-to-Die Legislation

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SACRAMENTO --

It's been 11 months after the death of the California brain cancer patient who famously moved to Oregon to end her own life on her own terms.

Now Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that would have allowed Brittany Maynard what she really wanted -- to end her suffering in her own bed, in California.

"We just stood there in the driveway and my husband said...'Our baby did it,'" said Deborah Ziegler, Maynard's Mother

A video Maynard released last year went viral as she fought a stage four glioblastoma multiforme, along with prevailing wisdom that the "right to die" was not the right thing for California.

At her death Maynard said she she was free of regret, and those who helped write California's newest law say the public should look forward to a process free of abuses.

"We have almost two decades of research from Oregon saying it has not been abused. One-third of the people who get the medication don't even take it. It's just knowing that it's there and if it gets too bad, they have that option," said Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman.

In creating legal options for the mentally competent who can take end-of-life medications on their own and have the approval of two doctors, the governor issued a statement.

It said that faced with a prolonged and painful death, he was certain "that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill."

Longtime critics of assisted suicide say by signing this measure, the governor has only given more options to wealthy Californians like himself with already easy access to quality medical care and made the poor only more vulnerable.

"If an HMO denies treatment to a cancer patient, somebody who may have the means may have the resources to pay for those treatments. Somebody who doesn't have those means doesn't have those resources. Companies have denied treatments but offered to pay instead for assisted suicide," said Tim Rosales of Californians Against Assisted Suicide.

A court challenge or a referendum push may be in the offing as right-to-die opponents consider what to do in the face of this new law.