Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Right to Die Law Killed by Judge

Right to Die Law Killed by Judge

Compassion & Choices championed the so-called End Of Life Option Act, which was passed during a special legislative session in 2015 and allows people with less than six months to live to seek end-of-life drugsKappos said his organization argued that since California Governor Jerry Brown, who convened the session, signed the bill into law it was clear that he considered it appropriate.

In 2015, California became the fifth state to create a policy meant to give terminally ill adults more control over the end of their lives.

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OR was the first to legalize physician-assisted suicide with a statute that took effect in 1998.

Lawyers for advocates and opponents say Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia did not rule on the legality of physician-assisted death. Jerry Brown and the Democratic-controlled Legislature, which is in session through August, could move to re-pass the law in regular session to settle the procedural objections.

In a statement, Life Legal Defense Foundation executive director Alexandra Snyder said, "We are thrilled by today's ruling, which reinstates critical legal protections for vulnerable patients".

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In attendance at today's hearing was Stephanie Packer, who suffers from a terminal illness. 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.

"I am so grateful that California's assisted-suicide law was overturned today". Now, almost 1 in 5 Americans live in a state where physician-assisted suicide is legal, according to advocacy group Compassion and Choices. "For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable "treatment" that is offered them".

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office has five days to appeal the judge's ruling.

Compassion & Choices, the euthanasia advocacy group that led the effort to legalize assisted death in California, objected to the judge's ruling about of the law and the special session.

"The people we represent are shocked and are absolutely heartbroken this option has been taken away from them", spokesman Sean Crowley said. "It deals with medication".

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