Right to Die Law Struck Down by Judge

Judge tosses California law allowing terminally ill to take life-ending drugs, rules it was unconstitutionally enacted.

Posted: May. 15, 2018 3:08 PM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 3:37 PM

UPDATE: 5/16/2018 3:36 p.m.

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Sacramento, Calif.—California’s Attorney General plans to appeal a Riverside County Judge’s ruling that blocked a law allowing adults to use life ending drugs.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement Wednesday that he will seek an expedited review in an appeals court.

He says he strongly disagrees with Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia’s ruling Tuesday.

The judge says lawmakers illegally passed the 2016 law during a special session devoted to other topics.

The law allows adults to obtain life-ending drugs if a doctor determines they have six months or less to live.

Opponents say it lacks safeguards to prevent abuses.

In the first year it was estimated that 504 Californians’ requested prescriptions for medical aid in dying.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.
(AP) - Judge tosses California law allowing terminally ill to take life-ending drugs, rules it was unconstitutionally enacted. 

A California judge has thrown out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature.

Lawyers for advocates and opponents say Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia did not rule on the legality of physician-assisted death. He issued an oral ruling Tuesday saying lawmakers acted illegally in passing the law during a special session devoted to other topics.

Ottolia kept the law in place and gave the state attorney general five days to appeal.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation, American Academy of Medical Ethics and several physicians brought the lawsuit.

The law allows terminally ill adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live.


(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.) 

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