Lawsuit against California’s assisted suicide measure can go forward

Riverside County judge rejects motion by Attorney General Xavier Becerra to toss out challenge to End of Life Option Act

A Superior Court judge ruled June 16 that a civil rights lawsuit challenging California’s assisted suicide law will go forward. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Ottolia denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, which had asked the judge to decide the case against the plaintiffs without a trial. Five California … [Read more...]

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504 suicide prescriptions written since June 9, 2016, in California

A year after it passed, California’s right-to-die law still faces challenges

Betsy Davis, of Ojai, diagnosed with ALS in 2013, was one of the first to take her life legally under the state law approved a year ago Friday, June 9. She began the process the day after state legislators passed it in what Gov. Jerry Brown called an “extraordinary session." It’s not known how many people have followed her. According to the national nonprofit Compassion … [Read more...]

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Insurance company denies chemo, offers suicide drugs instead

Orange County resident Stephanie Packer has terminal cancer but doesn't want to end her life

The following comes from an October 19 Catholic News Agency article: Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, California, her goal is “to do everything I can to have one more second with my kids.” When assisted suicide legislation was officially passed in California in 2016, Packer experienced … [Read more...]

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You still need to go to Oregon

Terminally ill Californians struggling to find doctors to help with assisted suicide

The following comes from a September 17 Mercury News article by Tracy Seipel: For 78-year-old Judy Dale, this wasn’t the way California’s new aid-in-dying law was supposed to work. The San Francisco grandmother, her body riddled with cancer, had hoped to die on her own terms when the time came by ingesting lethal medications prescribed by a physician. But the panic-filled … [Read more...]

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Right-to-die law fight lives on

Judge concludes that lawsuit against End of Life Option Act raises serious issues

The following comes from a September 1 CalWatchdog article by Chris Reed: Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to sign the End of Life Option Act on Oct. 5, 2015, triggered elation among the state groups which had fought for years to allow doctors to give people with terminal illnesses lethal doses of drugs to end their lives. A key sponsor — Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel — said the … [Read more...]

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Attempt to enjoin assisted suicide law fails

Riverside judge refuses to put law on hold pending outcome of lawsuit on its constitutionality

The following comes from an August 26 Press Enterprise article by Gail Wesson: A Riverside County Superior Court judge rejected a request by a physicians group to put the state's new right-to-die law on hold Friday, Aug. 26, pending court review. Technically called the End of Life Option Act, the law passed by the Legislature last year decriminalized physician-assisted … [Read more...]

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One last party

Terminally ill Ojai woman celebrates her assisted suicide

The following comes from an August 11 People article by Karen Mizoguchi: In early July, Betsy Davis sent out invitations to a party she referred to as a "rebirth." "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness," her e-mail invitations read, according to AP. Davis, a 41-year-old artist from … [Read more...]

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