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Assembly member Jimmy Gomez backed the new bill (AP)

Pro-lifers have urged Governor Jerry Brown to veto the bill, which has been approved by the assembly and the senate

Objectors to assisted suicide law (PA/Andrew Milligan)

Judge Daniel Ottolia said it would cause ‘additional pain’ for patients if the bill was put on hold

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in California (PA)

The bishops released a statement to coincide with the launch of the Yes on 62 campaign

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, centre, president of the Philippines bishops' conference (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

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Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Hilarion visit Mount Athos last month (AP)

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte kisses the Philippine flag during his final campaign rally in Manila (AP)

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Pope Francis poses for a photo with a group of nuns after his weekly general audience (AP)

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Californian Governor Gerry Brown (PA)

California will become the fourth American state to legalise physician assisted-suicide

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez (PA)

Gov Jerry Brown has not indicated whether he will sign the bill that would legalise assisted suicide in the state

Gov Jerry Brown (PA)

Gov Jerry Brown was speaking ahead of meetings organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on climate change