Riverside judge overturns California's right-to-die law

Riverside judge overturns California's right-to-die law

Riverside judge overturns California's right-to-die law

California's passage of the law has encouraged other states, including Massachusetts, New Jersey, and NY, to consider aid in dying legislation.

"Ultimately, we are confident an appeals court will rule the legislature duly passed the End of Life Option Act", he said, in a prepared statement, "and reinstate this perfectly valid law, which the strong majority of Californians support". The judge ruled that the state legislature should not have approved the assisted-suicide law during that special session because the subject of the law fell outside the grounds of the special session.

A California judge has overturned the law the grants terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, reigniting an emotional debate over an issue that had seemed long settled.

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. Maynard's family advocated for the law in California and elsewhere. "We hope the court's ruling is sustained", Dolejsi said.

Doctors who sued to prevent the law from passing in 2016 said it lacked a suitable definition of terminal illness and a plan for exempting doctors from liability who prescribe lethal drugs.

KLIVANS: Monning says he's received several letters of thanks from relatives of patients who took life-ending medications.

"The people we represent are shocked and are absolutely heartbroken this option has been taken away from them", spokesman Sean Crowley said. "Access to health care has no relationship to assisted suicide". Within six months, 191 terminally ill people requested medication to end their lives, according to state data; 111 died as a result of the prescribed drugs.

The Act enabled terminally ill patients to utilize medical aid in dying as a palliative care option to end suffering and peacefully end their lives. The patient must have a diagnosis of death in less than six months, and must voluntarily request the lethal drugs themselves, among other stipulations. Life Legal Defense Foundation and the American Academy of Medical Ethics - both of which have affiliations with religious groups - led the way in challenging the law.

"We strongly disagree with this ruling and the State is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal", Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a released statement.

She went on to say, "If any law can be passed by circumventing the normal legislative process, by short-cutting the normal rigorous legislative vetting that goes on, that is problematic".

"The act itself was rushed through the special session of the legislature and it does not have any of the safeguards one would expect to see in a law like this", he said. He pointed to Nevada's handling of assisted suicide bills, including one that cleared the state senate in 2017 before being defeated in a Democrat-controlled assembly committee. "I made a promise to my wife Brittany that I would continue her fight to authorize medical aid in dying in California".

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