Judge Overturns California Law Legalizing Assisted Suicide

"We are thrilled by today’s ruling"

There may actually be some hope in California, where a judge has declared the state's legalization of assisted suicide unconstitutional.

According to LifeNews, the judge rejected the law on the grounds that the state legislature passed it "during a special session that was supposed to be specifically devoted to Medicare funding," noting that the law's passage fell outside the boundaries set by that special session. So-called "Death with Dignity" activists countered this argument by saying assisted suicide constituted health care and fit under the session's rules.

Since the law passed in 2016, more than 100 people have killed themselves.

"Attorneys with Life Legal Defense Foundation told LifeNews that the assisted suicide law sponsors introduced the bill in a special session of the legislature convened by Governor Jerry Brown to address Medicaid funding shortfalls, services for the disabled, and in-home health support services," reports LifeNews. "Life Legal attorneys appeared in court this morning to argue that the End of Life Option Act, which decriminalizes physician-assisted suicide, is not related or even incidental to the stated purpose of the special session. Suicide is not health care, they argued."

In a shocking turn of events, Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia agreed, stating that "the End of Life Option Act does not fall within the scope of access to healthcare services,” and that it “is not a matter of health care funding."

"We are thrilled by today’s ruling, which reinstates critical legal protections for vulnerable patients," said Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director Alexandra Snyder. "The court made it very clear that assisted suicide has nothing to do with increasing access to health care and that hijacking the special session to advance an unrelated agenda is impermissible."

Just to provide some insight on the dark consequences of assisted suicide, a terminally ill woman named Stephanie Packer spoke at the hearing about how her insurance company denied her life-saving chemotherapy treatment while saying it would pay for her "aid-in-dying" drugs.

“I am so grateful that California’s assisted suicide law was overturned today," said Packer. "The bill’s proponents tout dignity, choice, compassion, and painlessness. I am here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. Choice is really an illusion for a very few. For too many, assisted suicide will be the only affordable ‘treatment’ that is offered them."

As many pro-life advocates have stated, the "right to die" will soon become "duty to die" so that patients can no longer be a burden on hospitals.


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