Judge abruptly overturns California Aid in Dying Act—says Law was improperly passed.


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With us for this podcast is Attorney for Compassion and Choices ( the organization that fought to pass the bill), Jonathan Patterson. California’s End of Life Option Act was signed into law in 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. The law allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients with six months or less to live. Hundreds of Californians have already taken advantage of that option, including 111 individuals who died from taking the drugs in the first seven months of their availability. Sadly a few days ago, a Riverside County Superior Court judge granted a motion by opponents of the California End of Life Option Act to invalidate the law. Unless the state successfully appeals the ruling in the next five days, eligible California residents will be prevented from utilizing medical aid in dying to peacefully end unbearable suffering.

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