Opponents of assisted suicide in California are gearing up for another court battle.
Previously there were several attempts to pass doctor-assisted suicide but it failed to obtain the needed votes for passage, even in a state legislature led by liberal lawmakers.
Then proponents took an unusual step to get it passed: After Gov. Jerry Brown (pictured above) called a special session to deal with Medicaid changes related to Obamacare, the bill was brought up by its proponents.
Alexandra Snyder of Life Legal Defense Foundation says the bill passed under rules that were more lax than the normal legislative session.
Then the governor signed it into law, although opponents pointed out that assisted suicide has nothing to do with health care.
Life Legal filed suit over the law and now Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia this week ruled lawmakers violated the California Constitution by using a backdoor method for pushing the bill through.
"We're very pleased with that result," says Snyder.
Life Legal expects a new court fight, however, after California's liberal attorney general has said he would appeal if the state lost the lawsuit.