On the day that parliament overwhelmingly vote against the Assisted Dying Bill, lawmakers in the most populous state in the US approved right to die legislation for terminally ill patients.
The California legislature approved today a bill to legalise physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients despite opposition from religious and disability rights groups.
It has now been sent to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his approval or veto.
The bill would allow mentally competent patients whom two doctors agree have only six months to live to request a prescription that would end their lives.
MPs voted against similar legislation in the UK today by 330 to 118, a majority of 212.
MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the Assisted Dying Bill, despite apparent public support.
MPs are set to vote on the right to die for the first time in 20 years today as controversial laws are subject to a landmark debate.
Described by the Archbishop of Canterbury as one of "the biggest dilemmas of our time", MPs are preparing to debate assisted dying.