Judge Overturns California's Right-To-Die Law

Judge Overturns California's Right-To-Die Law

Judge Overturns California's Right-To-Die Law

In his earlier ruling, Ottolia said: "Even though improving the health of Californians might seem far removed from assisted suicide, it is sufficiently related to health care and the efficiency and efficacy of the health care system for the court to consider the act to be within the scope of the authorization for the (special) session".

The law allows a dying adult patient to take lethal medication that a doctor has prescribed.

Alexandra Snyder, an attorney and executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, one of the plaintiffs, said Ottolia properly ruled that lawmakers effectively "hijacked" a special legislative session that was called to address access to medical care.

California's End-of-Life Option Act already came back from death once before, and now it's being tested again.
The state attorney was given five days to file an emergency appeal before the ruling will take effect. "For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable "treatment" that is offered them", the mother, Stephanie Packer, 35, said. Gen. Xavier Becerra said: "We strongly disagree with this ruling and the state is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal".

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"It's a reminder for all of us that there are those out there who would like to take our rights away", she said.

Millions of Americans, including many teenagers, who feel vulnerable to thoughts of suicide hear a message from the government that suicide is legal, that it is a good thing for society to endorse. Hundreds of Californians have already taken advantage of that option, including 111 individuals who died from taking the drugs in the first seven months of their availability.

A group of doctors represented by the Life Legal Defense Foundation challenged the California law, arguing that it lacked safeguards and could be exploited by greedy relatives. The laws force doctors to harm their patients and can make patients feel pressured to commit suicide to cut costs for their families, critics counter. A judge in Riverside County on Tuesday overturned the law because of concerns about how it was passed by the Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning's office said Monning is talking with the Becerra's office about options to preserve the law.

The initial legislative effort to pass an assisted suicide bill failed in committee during the 2015 regular season, following months of media attention to the case of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with an aggressive brain tumor who moved from California to OR in order to take advantage of legal physician-assisted suicide there.

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Worse, for patients, "the so-called right to die very quickly becomes the duty to die", Stevens said. Under the law, patients must be of sound mind and able to administer the drug on their own.

"We need government to promote the value of life, to support compassionate end-of-life care measures, and to empower doctors to aggressively treat pain-not to legalize ways to end patients' lives or save money by cutting healthcare short near the end of life", Dr. Stevens said.

"I made a promise to my wife Brittany that I would continue her fight to authorize medical aid in dying", her widower, Dan Diaz, said Tuesday in a statement released by Compassion & Choices, the nonprofit group that sponsored the California law. But I am dying and I refuse to lose my dignity.

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