Monday, 24 September, 2018


California judge overturns End of Life Option Law

The judge said California's right-to-die law was passed improperly California's right-to-die law was passed improperly
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In support of the law, Becerra told the Times, "We strongly disagree with this ruling and the state is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal". The bills proponents tout dignity, choice, compassion, and painlessness.

Stephanie Packer, who suffers from a terminal lung disease, claims her insurance company declined to pay for a chemotherapy treatment recommended by her doctor but offered to pay for life-ending drugs instead. 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. He also gave the state attorney general five days to file an emergency writ, a type of appeal, to seek a stay and keep the law in place.

A Christian mother who was offered a lethal dose of suicide pills as alternative treatment for her terminal cancer a week after California's physician-assisted suicide law went into effect nearly two years ago, celebrated on Tuesday when a state judge overturned the law calling it unconstitutional. "For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable "treatment" that is offered them", she said.

The bill lacked an adequate definition of terminal illness and a provision exempting from legal liability the doctors who prescribe the drugs, according to Larson's clients.

The bill was shoved through the legislative process during a special session called by Gov.

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.

Larson, the lawyer for the Life Legal Defense Foundation, applauded "the courage demonstrated by the judge in finding the law unconstitutional".

Judge Ottolia denied the group's request for an immediate injunction, but allowed the challenge to move forward in court.

"I think this is a short-term victory for people who object on religious principles to the availability of this option", Harry Nelson, an attorney who represents several doctors who have written prescriptions under the law, told the Los Angeles Times.

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

"We are pleased with today's ruling, which reinstates critical legal protections for vulnerable patients", Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Snyder said in a statement on the ruling.

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.

Her story incited more awareness for the Death With Dignity movement, which began in OR when a group of physicians helped pass the first statewide law that allowed for terminally ill patients to request drugs to end their lives.

Before her death, Maynard made a video in which she advocated for legislation like California's End of Life Option Act.

"I am so grateful that California's assisted suicide law was overturned today".

"It represents a tremendous blow to the assisted suicide legalization movement and puts state legislatures on notice regarding the political trickery of groups like Compassion and Choices", he said.

So far, he said, there has been "not a single report of malfeasance or problems".

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