• Inmate Scott Abram sings to a fellow inmate who is dying and is spending his last days in a prison hospice program, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Abram, serving 15 years to life for murder, is a counselor trained in a national ministry program who sees his volunteer work as part of his own growth. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

    Inmates help other prisoners face death in hospice program

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As late-morning sun streams through narrow prison windows, convicted killer Scott Abram stands beside a fellow inmate, speaks quietly to him and starts singing “Amazing Grace.” The prisoner appears to smile, but it’s difficult to gauge his response. He is dying.

  • In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her late daughter, Brittany Maynard, as she receives congratulations from Ellen Pontac, left, after a right-to die measure was approved by the state Assembly in Sacramento, Calif. California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a rare personal message, California’s 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice.