A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California comes up for a new round of hearings on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church.

The measure, which was pulled from consideration in the legislature’s regular session in July, was reintroduced last month as part of a special session on healthcare called by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

“The more time we’ve had to work on it, the more support we have,” said Senator Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel who is a co-author of the bill. “Every major newspaper in the state has editorialized in support.”

Last weekend, conservative columnist George Will wrote a column supporting assisted suicide, breaking with many conservatives to do so.

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