Rul­ing bol­sters as­sisted death law, group says

Antelope Valley Press - - RELIGION -

RIVER­SIDE (AP) — A judge has ruled Cal­i­for­nia’s law al­low­ing ter­mi­nally peo­ple to end their lives was passed le­git­i­mately dur­ing a spe­cial ses­sion of the Leg­is­la­ture, damp­en­ing a long-run­ning crit­i­cism by op­po­nents who sued over the mea­sure.

A River­side Su­pe­rior Court judge also found this week that the doc­tors who sued presently don’t have the right to do so to try to block the law, Com­pas­sion & Choices, a group that sup­ports the mea­sure, said in a state­ment on Fri­day.

The de­ci­sion is the lat­est in a long-run­ning bat­tle over the 2016 law that al­lows adults in Cal­i­for­nia to ob­tain a pre­scrip­tion for life-end­ing drugs if a doc­tor finds they have six months or less to live.

Pre­vi­ously, an­other judge de­clared the law was un­con­sti­tu­tional be­cause it was adopted dur­ing a spe­cial leg­isla­tive ses­sion that was sup­posed to ad­dress im­prov­ing the med­i­cal sys­tem and health of Cal­i­for­ni­ans.

That de­ci­sion was later over­turned when an ap­peals panel found the doc­tors who sued failed to show they were harmed be­cause they could choose not to help ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients die.

River­side County Judge Irma As­berry has told the doc­tors they can try to re­file their case if they in­clude pa­tients who are op­posed to the law and face un­due in­flu­ence to par­tic­i­pate from fam­ily or oth­ers, said John Kap­pos, a part­ner at O’Mel­veny & Mey­ers who rep­re­sents Com­pas­sion & Choices and a ter­mi­nally ill man in­volved in the case.

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