RELIGION

California lawmakers end effort to enact right-to-die legislation this year

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, watches a video of his wife, recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death, where she says that no one should have to leave their home to legally end her life, during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The authors of a bill that would allow California physicians  to help terminally ill patents end their lives, Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis and Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel,  did not present the measure to the Assembly Health Committee as scheduled because it did not have enough votes to advance, Tuesday, July 7, 2015.  Maynard, a 29-year-old San Francisco woman who had terminal brain cancer, moved to Oregon where she could legally end her life.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE - In this March 25, 2015 file photo, Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, watches a video of his wife, recorded 19 days before her assisted suicide death, where she says that no one should have to leave their home to legally end her life, during a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The authors of a bill that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patents end their lives, Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis and Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, did not present the measure to the Assembly Health Committee as scheduled because it did not have enough votes to advance, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Maynard, a 29-year-old San Francisco woman who had terminal brain cancer, moved to Oregon where she could legally end her life. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)  (The Associated Press)

Legislation to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives in California has stalled amid fierce opposition from religious groups.

The bill's authors said Tuesday they would not present the right-to-die bill to the Assembly Health Committee, effectively ending the effort for the year.

The Catholic Church and other religious groups have opposed the bill. Right-to-die advocates could not get support from Los Angeles-area Democrats, where the archdiocese actively opposed it.

Supporters hoped that changing public opinion and the California Medical Association's decision to drop its opposition would help the bill pass. Advocates have said they would try to take the issue to voters if the bill fails.

Doctors can prescribe life-ending drugs in four states. Efforts in other states to pass right-to-die legislation stalled this year.