California judge overturns End of Life Option Law

California judge overturns state law legalizing assisted suicide

California judge overturns state law legalizing assisted suicide

A Riverside Superior Court judge yesterday held the states End of Life Option Act is unenforceable because it was enacted by the Legislature during a special session that was called for an unrelated goal. Ultimately, we are confident an appeals court will rule the legislature duly passed the End of Life Option Act and reinstate this perfectly valid law, which the strong majority of Californians support.”. Since then, some 200 end-of-life prescriptions have been written per year, according to Compassion and Choices, although not all have been used.

"After the End of Life Option Act was implemented, Stephanie's insurance company denied coverage of life-saving chemotherapy treatment, but said it would pay for "aid-in-dying" drugs, which would cost $1.20", Life Legal said. On Oct. 5 of that year, he signed into law AB 15 which permits lethal drugs to be prescribed to adults who have six months or less to live owing to an incurable illness.

However, the judge is holding his judgment for five days to give the state time to file an emergency appeal.

In what is certainly a victory for the pro-life movement, a judge in California on Tuesday struck down the state's legalization of doctor-assisted suicide. Choice is really an illusion for a very few. She said assisted suicide is often framed as health care, but "nothing could be further from the truth". "For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable "treatment" that is offered them".

Stephen G. Larson, the lead counsel for a group of doctors that sued to block the law, told The Sacramento Bee that the group was "very satisfied" with the ruling.

On Tuesday, Ottolia heard argument from both sides surrounding the matter and agreed with LLDF that the passage of the bill was not related to the special session.

The law was inspired by Brittany Maynard, 29, the former Alamo resident with brain cancer who moved to Portland in 2014 to seek medical aid in dying because California had not passed its law.

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


Opponents of the law filed a lawsuit claiming it was unconstitutional.

Harry Nelson, a healthcare attorney in Los Angeles who represents several doctors who have prescribed lethal prescriptions, told the Los Angeles Times he thinks it is unlikely the law will be permanently overturned.

Dr. David Stevens, executive director of the American Academy of Medical Ethics, a national organization that has advocated against medically assisted suicide since 1994, said the End of Life Option Act "isn't about giving patients the right to die".

California is one of seven states—the others being Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Hawaii—as well as the District of Columbia, that have enacted laws authorizing assisted suicide. The law is different than euthanasia, because the patient must be physically able to take the life-ending drugs on their own.

In January 2018, the California Catholic Conference reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide and criticized the lack of data collected and the lack of transparency of the law's implementation.

"I am so grateful that California's assisted suicide law was overturned today". Hawaii became the latest state to legalize the practice in April.

"There is far too much still not known about how this law is put into practice - especially as it pertains to disabled, elderly and other populations", the conference said January 24.

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