May 24, 2018

Judge Overturns California Aid-in-Dying Law

17 May 2018, 11:21 | Opal Carroll

Right to Die: Judge overturns assisted suicide law


"It was [Governor Jerry] Brown who signed the law". Life Legal Defense Foundation attorneys who represent the American Academy of Medical Ethics, ( CMDA's state public policy arm, in the lawsuit appeared in court yesterday to argue that the Act is not related or even incidental to the stated goal of the special session. Kappos added that "the strong majority of Californians support" the law.

Days before the law went into effect, LLDF filed a legal challenge on behalf of five Californian doctors, as well as the American Academy of Medical Ethics (AAME), which represents over 600 doctors in the state.

He wrote in an email to The Los Angles Times, "We strongly disagree with this ruling and the state is seeking expedited review in the Court of Appeal".

If the emergency appeal is denied, the law will be immediately struck down. The resolution called on churches and Christians "to care for the elderly among us, to show them honor and dignity, and to prayerfully support and counsel those who are providing end-of-life care for the aged, the terminally ill, and the chronically infirmed".

Since Maynard'd death on November 1, 2014 at age 29, her husband Dan Diaz has helped push for the passage of a right-to-die law in their home state of California - as well as similar legislation in Hawaii, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

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. 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.

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A Christian mother who was offered a lethal dose of suicide pills as alternative treatment for her terminal cancer a week after California's physician-assisted suicide law went into effect nearly two years ago, celebrated on Tuesday when a state judge overturned the law calling it unconstitutional. A judge in Riverside County on Tuesday overturned the law because of concerns about how it was passed by the Legislature. The action made the married mother of four a vocal opponent of assisted suicide laws, including California's the End of Life Option Act. More than 100 people have killed themselves under the law.

Meanwhile, there's the other side of the equation: physician participation.

Now, almost 1 in 5 Americans live in a state where physician-assisted suicide is legal, according to advocacy group Compassion and Choices.

"This is about giving doctors the right to assist in killing". "Access to health care has no relationship to assisted suicide". "It destroys trust between the doctor and the patient". He honors his wife by continuing to advocate for aid in dying legislation for terminally ill patients, he said.

"The assisted-suicide regime is one tragic example of public policy working to do the very thing that it should not - encourage death", he told Baptist Press in written comments.

"Just as assisted suicide contravenes the Hippocratic oath, the judge found that the California legislature contravened the state constitution", stated CMDA CEO Dr. David Stevens. Opponents argue that these laws could lead to coercion and abuse of vulnerable patients.

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