On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown announced that in the state of California assisted suicide is now legal. Physicians are now allowed to prescribe terminally ill patients with lethal drugs. California is the fifth state in the United States to allow euthanasia. There was strong opposition from the Catholic Church but after much consideration the Governor felt that it is a right that people should not be deprived of. In 1992 a similar proposal was drawn up but was rejected by the state. New proposals have come up since then in 2005, 2006 and 2007 but all failed in the Legislature.