California's aid-in-dying law overturned in court

The judge said California's right-to-die law was passed improperly

California's right-to-die law was passed improperly

However, John C. Kappos, an attorney representing pro-suicide Compassion and Choices, argued for the constitutionality of the law, since he believes it is health care: "Ultimately, we are confident an appeals court will rule the legislature duly passed the End of Life Option Act and reinstate this perfectly valid law, which the strong majority of Californians support".

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

Compassion and Choices, the country's largest aid-in-dying organization, criticized Ottolia's decision.

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.

Approved in 2015, the End of Life Options Act allows physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live.

Alexandra Snyder - the president of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, one of the groups that filed a lawsuit against the legislation - said she is "very happy" with Ottolia's decision, adding, "We will now wait and see what the attorney general does".

“I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth.

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.

"It was a violation of the Constitution to basically slip in this suicide bill", she said.

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

The legislation gained new support in California from the plight of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old schoolteacher from Alamo who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014.

"It's a reminder for all of us that there are those out there who would like to take our rights away", she said. Opponents argue that these laws could lead to coercion and abuse of vulnerable patients.

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

Harry Nelson, a healthcare attorney in Los Angeles who represents several doctors who have prescribed lethal prescriptions, told the Los Angeles Times he thinks it is unlikely the law will be permanently overturned. "This encompasses many types of illnesses-even those that can be successfully treated-if the patient decides to forego treatment", LLDF said in a press release.

"The legislature's unconstitutional maneuvers that corrupted the legislative process parallel the way assisted suicide corrupts the core healing mission of medicine".

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. "California law now pits the financial interests of health care providers, especially in cases where the provider and insurer are the same entity, against the needs of patients".

Only a handful of states have authorized medically assisted suicide: California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in addition to the District of Columbia.

"There is far too much still not known about how this law is put into practice - especially as it pertains to disabled, elderly and other populations", the conference said January 24.

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