Husband of woman who inspired 'right to die' law speaks on changes
May 17 2018 by Desiree Burns
In what is certainly a victory for the pro-life movement, a judge in California on Tuesday struck down the state's legalization of doctor-assisted suicide.
In his earlier ruling, Ottolia said: "Even though improving the health of Californians might seem far removed from assisted suicide, it is sufficiently related to health care and the efficiency and efficacy of the health care system for the court to consider the act to be within the scope of the authorization for the (special) session".
A California judge has overturned the law the grants terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, reigniting an emotional debate over an issue that had seemed long settled. Wanting to end her life, the 29-year-old moved to OR in June 2014 to take advantage of that state's medical aid-in-dying law. Primarily, patients "want to discuss what matters most at the end of their lives and understand what their options are and what will align best with their wishes", she said.
"Under the Act, "terminal illness" includes any condition that, if left untreated, would cause death within six months".
Packer said that her insurance company would not fund potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatments for her lung cancer, but instead offered her "aid-in-dying" drugs that would cost her $1.20. This came, he said, during an oversight hearing to review the implementation of the assisted suicide law.
According to a right-to-die advocacy group, more than 500 Californians filled prescriptions for their drugs within the first year.
He believes that physician-assisted suicide is "dangerous for the health care profession".
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Along with plaintiffs, the American Academy of Medical Ethics and several physicians, the Life Legal Defense Foundation challenged the California's physician-assisted suicide law, arguing that it lacks safeguards to protect against abuse and that suicide does not provide healthcare. The resolution called on churches and Christians "to care for the elderly among us, to show them honor and dignity, and to prayerfully support and counsel those who are providing end-of-life care for the aged, the terminally ill, and the chronically infirmed".
California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra told the newspaper that state officials "strongly disagree" and will seek an expedited appeal.
Life Legal filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings in March 2018, arguing that the law should be overturned because the manner in which it was passed is unconstitutional. The judge gave Becerra five days to appeal.
California's law allows terminally ill patients to request lethal dosages of medication from their physicians. "But that doesn't happen when someone requests aid in dying", Snyder said.
"The assisted-suicide regime is one tragic example of public policy working to do the very thing that it should not - encourage death", he told Baptist Press in written comments. "I made a promise to my wife Brittany that I would continue her fight to authorize medical aid in dying in California".
"Just as assisted suicide contravenes the Hippocratic oath, the judge found that the California legislature contravened the state constitution", stated CMDA CEO Dr. David Stevens. "Brown, the attorney general and the courts to keep this law in effect", said Maynard's husband Dan Diaz, in a prepared statement.