State Appeals Court allows Ca. assisted suicide law to go back into effect for nowBy Dave Andrusko
NRL News Today - June 18, 2018
On Friday, in the latest in what promises to be a protracted legal battle, the 4th District Court of Appeals suspended a decision by a lower court judge that had invalidated California’s “End of Life Option Law” and reinstated the highly controversial law immediately.
Opponents were given until July 2 to file objections. The plaintiffs included the Life Legal Defense Foundation, which represents six doctors, and the American Academy of Medical Ethics.
On May 15 Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia declared the law unconstitutional. He explained that in 2015 the legislature violated the state constitution by passing the law during a special session that was supposed to be limited to health care issues.
In Ahn v. Hestrin, Judge Ottolia did not rule on the issue of whether health professionals could assist someone to end their life.
Assisted suicide proponents hailed the state appeals court’s decision.
“This stay is a huge win for many terminally ill Californians with six months or less to live because it could take years for the courts to resolve this case,” Kevin Díaz, national director of legal advocacy for Compassion & Choices, said in a statement. “Thankfully, this ruling settles the issue for the time being, but we know we have a long fight ahead before we prevail.”
Subscribe to our monthly email, Life Light, for guidance from God's Word on life and family issues. Enjoy articles, Q&As, devotions and resources designed for you - delivered right to your inbox.
Would a friend, relative, or acquaintance find a particular page or article useful? Fill out the form below to send it to a friend!
Please fill out the small form below to leave a comment or suggestion about the page you were just visiting. Any and all feedback is appreciated! Your feedback will help make our website even better.