California To Appeal Ruling On Life-Ending Drugs

California To Appeal Ruling On Life-Ending Drugs

Why was the law rejected in court? 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. Ottolia found that the doctors do have standing to bring challenges on behalf of their patients.

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.

Compassion & Choices, a group, which advocated for the law, told HealthExec in a statement it's confident the state will prevail in its appeal and "reinstate this perfectly valid law". In a separate motion, they argued that medical aid in dying was not related to the stated objective of the special legislative session that passed the act, explained Alexandra Snyder, executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia refused to block the measure from taking effect in 2016, citing its requirements for medical evaluation, but refused to dismiss the suit and expressed concern over how the law had been adopted. "[It] is not a matter of health care funding" or "related to improving the health of Californians".

The judge had not yet issued a written ruling by deadline.

Lawmakers OK'd the controversial legislation during a special session convened by Democratic Gov.

"The act itself was rushed through the special session of the legislature and it does not have any of the safeguards one would expect to see in a law like this", he said. Hawaii enacted an assisted suicide law in April.

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. Primarily, patients "want to discuss what matters most at the end of their lives and understand what their options are and what will align best with their wishes", she said.

Compassion & Choices, a national organization that advocated for the law, estimated that in its first year, 504 Californians requested prescriptions for medical aid in dying. He said he would try to persuade Brown, the state attorney general's office and the courts to keep the law in effect.

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However, the judge is holding his judgment for five days to give the state time to file an emergency appeal. Gen. Xavier Becerra said: "We strongly disagree with this ruling and the state is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal".

He believes that physician-assisted suicide is "dangerous for the health care profession".

In his decision, The Desert Sun reported, Ottolia argued the doctor-assisted suicide bill "does not fall within the scope of access to health care services" and "is not a matter of health care funding".

Matt Fairchild, a California resident with a terminal melanoma diagnosis, called Tuesday's ruling his "worst nightmare".

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.

Opponents of the law applauded the judge's decision.

The legislation in California features a number of requirements terminally ill patients must meet to the satisfaction of two separate physicians. "But that's not the option we hope for".

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