A California superior court judge on Tuesday overturned a 2016 state law that allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill adult patients.
Compassion & Choices, a group, which advocated for the law, toldHealthExec in a statement it's confident the state will prevail in its appeal and "reinstate this perfectly valid law". Jerry Brown. The ruling comes less than a month after the United Kingdom ordered the death of toddler Alfie Evans in April, shocking the world.
The mission of Life Legal is to give innocent and helpless human beings of any age, particularly unborn children, a trained and committed defense against the threat of death, and to support their advocates in the nation's courtrooms.
In a separate motion, they argued that medical aid in dying was not related to the stated goal of the special legislative session that passed the act, explained Alexandra Snyder, executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. Similar laws are in effect in six other states and the District of Columbia.
The ruling Tuesday won't go into effect for four more days, during which California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra can file an appeal.
"We strongly disagree with this ruling and the state is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal", Becerra said in a statement.
In a letter to members of the California State Assembly discussing his decision on the bill, ABX2 15, Brown, a Democrat, explained that he didn't think it should be a crime for "a dying person to end his life". Wanting to end her life, the 29-year-old moved to OR in June 2014 to take advantage of that state's medical aid-in-dying law.
In January 2018, the California Catholic Conference reiterated its opposition to assisted suicide and criticized the lack of data collected and the lack of transparency of the law's implementation.
The law was inspired by Brittany Maynard, 29, the former Alamo resident with brain cancer who moved to Portland in 2014 to seek medical aid in dying because California had not passed its law. Of those, 111 ingested the prescribed drugs and died; 87.4% were 60 or older, and 83.8% were receiving hospice and/or palliative care.
California's law allows patients with six months or less to live to request lethal medications.
She added that Stanford patients have mostly responded positively to the law.
"I keep thinking of all the people who are facing a terminal illness and they're considering the use of this law, and they're in limbo right now and this right might be taken away from them", her sister said.
Meanwhile, there's the other side of the equation: physician participation. "Choice is really an illusion for a very few", Stephanie Packer said, according to the Los Angeles archdiocese's Angelus News.
The law has been controversial, and two groups and several physicians opposed to physician-assisted suicide filed suit to block the law in June 2016.
"This is about giving doctors the right to assist in killing". Jerry Brown called in 2015 to address emergency needs in the state's health care system - specifically, funding shortages for Medi-Cal, disability care and in-home nursing care. "It destroys trust between the doctor and the patient", said Dr. David Stevens, executive director of the American Academy of Medical Ethics.