Court reinstates California Law Allowing Terminally Ill People to End Their Lives

A state appeals court has reinstated — at least for now — California’s law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives. The court issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined that they have six months or less to live. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia declared the law unconstitutional last month, stating that it had been adopted illegally because lawmakers passed it during a special Legislative session called to address other matters. Patients Rights Action Fund, which opposes laws allowing people to take their lives issued a statement, “The people of California, especially the vulnerable, deserve protection and support, not assisted suicide.”
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