May 20, 2018

Right to Die Law Killed by Judge

17 May 2018, 11:19 | Taylor George

Judge Overturns California's Right-To-Die Law

Right to Die: Judge overturns assisted suicide law

But Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia ultimately decided against the law on much narrower grounds, ruling that the Legislature passed it improperly during a special session on health care funding.

Ottolia is holding his ruling for five days to give the state time to file an emergency appeal, which California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care - Sponsored by PCMA - Trump official won't OK lifetime limits on Medicaid Mulvaney faces backlash over moving student loan investigation division California asks judge to toss out Trump admin suit over sanctuary laws MORE said he plans to do.

A judge in Riverside County granted a motion Tuesday to overturn the state's End of Life Option Act, which allows terminally ill Californians to end their life, legally, with a lethal drug.

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.

Diaz, however, said he feels newly energized to push for legislation in California and elsewhere.

"We've had no complaints, no problems", Monning says. The organization's attorney said he is confident higher courts will reverse the ruling. The process for dying patients to obtain life-ending drugs could be illegal again by the end of the week. "For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable "treatment" that is offered them".

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Critics of assisted suicide charge the practice is not only potentially abusive, but it already is being used in place of health care.

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.

"We strongly disagree with this ruling and the state is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal", Becerra said Wednesday.

California's law allows patients with six months or less to live to request lethal medications. The resolution called on churches and Christians "to care for the elderly among us, to show them honor and dignity, and to prayerfully support and counsel those who are providing end-of-life care for the aged, the terminally ill, and the chronically infirmed". California's law allows patients with less than six months to live to request end-of-life drugs from their doctors, a practice that has been allowed in OR for more than 20 years. "But that doesn't happen when someone requests aid in dying", Snyder 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.

They argued that the while the state Constitution permits the Governor to issue proclamations to convene extraordinary legislative sessions, the Legislature is prohibited from enacting bills that are not the specific subject of the proclamation. Becerra and 19 other attorneys general filed legal papers Tuesday supporting lawsuits filed against the president in Washington federal court by groups that promote birth control.

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