Judge allows lawsuit on life-ending drugs for terminally ill

As reported by the Associated Press:

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A judge on Friday allowed a legal challenge to proceed against California’s law letting terminally ill patients seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia ruled that a group of doctors had provided sufficient information for a lawsuit over the 2016 law allowing medically-assisted death.

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra had argued that the suit should be dismissed because doctors aren’t bound to issue these prescriptions and the law merely offers patients a choice. But Ottolia found that the plaintiffs had alleged enough information to argue that the law violates the state’s constitution by treating terminally ill people distinctly from others contemplating taking their lives.

“This is a violation of both the equal protection and due process clause of the constitution,” plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Larson told reporters after the ruling.

California is one of a number of states where terminally ill patients can get prescriptions to take life-ending drugs, along with Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana. …

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  1. Bogiewheel says

    The ruling was made under the California State Constitution ????
    California no longer recognizes Federal Law..?……Appears to be a dodge to cover some other situation. What sufficient information turned the case ?

  2. They already DO assist in suicide in terminally ill patients. They are given overdoses of morphine or other pain killing drugs. Doctors have been doing this for years and no one is complaining. Especially not the people they kill.

  3. askeptic says

    I’m sure there must be a provision in that law allowing medically assisted suicide only when the FTB has signed off that all back and future taxes have been paid.

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