Brittany Maynard garnered national attention when she and her husband packed their belongings into a U-Haul and drove 600 miles north from California to OR so she could take advantage of the state's right-to-die law and die peacefully. In a separate motion, they argued that medical aid in dying was not related to the stated objective of the special legislative session that passed the act, explained Alexandra Snyder, executive director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. Advocates say the terminally ill may die tougher deaths after a judge on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, threw out the law that allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs. "[It] is not a matter of health care funding" or "related to improving the health of Californians".
A California judge on Tuesday overturned the state's assisted suicide law, ruling that it was passed unconstitutionally. "California law now pits the financial interests of health care providers, especially in cases where the provider and insurer are the same entity, against the needs of patients".
The bill was shoved through the legislative process during a special session called by Gov. "Ultimately, we are confident an appeals court will rule the legislature duly passed the End of Life Option Act and reinstate this perfectly valid law, which the strong majority of Californians support", he said.
The initial legislative effort to pass an assisted suicide bill failed in committee during the 2015 regular season, following months of media attention to the case of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with an aggressive brain tumor who moved from California to OR in order to take advantage of legal physician-assisted suicide there.More news: A what? Police respond to kangaroo on the loose in SC
Reversing the assisted-suicide law "would have devastating consequences for terminally ill Californians, who will be forced to suffer through needlessly prolonged deaths, and their families", said Kevin Díaz, Compassion and Choices' national director of legal advocacy.
"We need government to promote the value of life, to support compassionate end-of-life care measures, and to empower doctors to aggressively treat pain-not to legalize ways to end patients' lives or save money by cutting healthcare short near the end of life", Dr. Stevens said. He said he would try to persuade Brown, the state attorney general's office and the courts to keep the law in effect. "For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable "treatment" that is offered them", the mother, Stephanie Packer, 35, said.
"It was [Governor Jerry] Brown who signed the law".
Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a one-sentence statement Wednesday that "we strongly disagree with this ruling" and that he will seek an expedited appeal.More news: USA move on Iran threatens €143m Irish export trade
In his decision, The Desert Sun reported, Ottolia argued the doctor-assisted suicide bill "does not fall within the scope of access to health care services" and "is not a matter of health care funding".
Compassion & Choices also released a statement from Matt Fairchild, whom it described as a 48-year-old retired Army staff sergeant from Burbank who has been diagnosed with terminal melanoma that has spread to his bones, lungs and brain.
In the first year that the law became effective, Monning said some 111 people in California have chosen to end their lives.
Opponents of the law applauded the judge's decision.More news: Wilmer Valderrama Delightfully Dressed Like a Bird to Explain Venezuela's Political Crisis