A legal ping-pong match to make death easier

Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IV needle assisted suicideAttorneys are working hard in California to end, at least temporarily, doctor-assisted suicide.

Nearly three years ago the California General Assembly passed a law allowing physicians to prescribe drugs so patients could end their lives.

Life Legal Defense Foundation filed suit claiming that since it was passed in a session on health care funding, it was unconstitutional. The accompanying argument from a legal standpoint is that physicians providing drugs for suicide is not health care.

LLDF Attorney and executive director Alexandra Snyder tells OneNewsNow they won in the lower court and an appeals court upheld it, but another court reversed the favorable decision.

"A bit of legal ping pong here," she advises, "but we would like to see the law being held unconstitutional during the time that the appeal is going forward."

The appeal, which could take some time, would mean moving through the appellate court to the California Supreme Court.

The latest legal news is that Life Legal attorneys have filed documents asking that the most recent court ruling be held in abeyance.

Californians, meanwhile, can qualify for the lethal prescriptions while their lawmakers are working on pro-death legislation. 

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