Group Files Suit Against California Aid-In-Dying Law, Claiming It Violates Patients’ Civil Rights
Advocates of the measure, however, argue that the legislation treats everyone equally. A judge denied a temporary restraining order, but a hearing for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for the end of the month.
Los Angeles Times:
Opponents Sue To Overturn California's New Aid-In-Dying Law
As a law went into effect Thursday allowing physicians to prescribe medicines to terminally ill patients to hasten their deaths, a group of doctors tried to overturn it in court. The Life Legal Defense Foundation, American Academy of Medical Ethics and several physicians have filed a lawsuit in Riverside County Superior Court claiming that the state’s new aid-in-dying law is unconstitutional. The End of Life Option Act allows patients with less than six months to live to obtain medicines from their doctor that would kill them. On Thursday, California became one of five states in the U.S. where the practice is legal. (Karlamangla, 6/9)
Bay Area News Group:
Opponents Go To Court To Stop California's Right-To-Die Law
On the day California's controversial right-to-die law went into effect, opponents on Thursday headed to court to try to stop it. The day before, six doctors and the American Academy of Medical Ethics had filed a lawsuit in Riverside County challenging the state's new End of Life Option Act. (Seipel, 6/9)
FAQ: California's End Of Life Option Act Goes Into Effect. Here's How It Works.
The new California law that makes it legal for doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to some terminally ill patients who request it takes effect Thursday. Supporters of the End of Life Option Act, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last fall, consider the law key to providing Californians more control over how they die. Opponents, many of whom view the law as religiously and ethically objectionable, argue that existing palliative care options can offer terminally-ill patients all of the comfort and peace they seek at the end of life. (O'Neill, 6/9)
California’s Aid-In-Dying Law Takes Effect
California on Thursday became the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally obtain drugs that will end their lives. With the implementation of the End of Life Option Act, Californians with six months or less to live now can request a prescription for lethal medications from their doctors. But obtaining a prescription won’t be easy or quick, and some people may not meet the law’s many requirements. (Bazar, 6/9)
Meanwhile, The New York Times profiles those who are going to be affected by the legislation —
The New York Times:
Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle With Assisted Suicide
On Thursday, California became the fourth state in the country to put in effect a law allowing assisted suicide for the terminally ill, what has come to be known as aid in dying. Lawmakers here approved the legislation last year, after Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old schoolteacher who had brain cancer, received international attention for her decision to move to Oregon, where terminally ill patients have been allowed to take drugs to die since 1997. Oregon was the first state to pass an assisted suicide law, and was followed by Washington and Vermont. Under a Montana court ruling, doctors cannot be prosecuted for helping terminally ill patients die, as long as the patient makes a written request. With the California law, 16 percent of the country’s population has a legal option for terminally ill patients to determine the moment of their death, up from 4 percent. (Medina, 6/9)