Appeals Court Overturns Ruling That Had Briefly Blocked California’s Aid-In-Dying Law
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia halted enforcement of the law in May, ruling that state lawmakers had illegally considered and passed the legislation during a special session devoted to health care. However, the appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the doctors who had filed that suit had nothing to gain or lose from its enforcement, and thus lacked legal standing to sue.
San Francisco Chronicle:
California’s Right-To-Die Law Upheld By State Appeals Court
A state appeals court rejected a challenge Tuesday to California’s right-to-die law for terminally ill patients, overturning a judge’s ruling in May that had briefly blocked enforcement of the law. The statute, in effect since June 2016, allows a dying adult patient to take lethal drugs that a doctor has prescribed. (Egelko, 11/27)