The day after a Riverside County superior court judge overturned a 2016 state law that allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill adult patients, Senate Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) issued a statement condemning the ruling.
“I am incredibly disappointed in the judge’s ruling, but hopeful that the Attorney General will be successful in appealing a decision that, quite frankly, doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Atkins said.
“My concern today is that Californians and their families who are currently engaged in the difficult end-of-life process under the law now must also cope with uncertainty.
“The law is in place at least until May 21,” Atkins continued. “If the appeal is granted, my hope is that the appellate court will stay the judge’s decision and that terminally ill people who have made the difficult decision to end their lives in peace and on their own terms can move forward without unnecessary pain and suffering.”
In his ruling, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ottolia said The End of Life Option Act was unconstitutional because the legislature passed it during a special session convened by Gov. Jerry Brown to address health care-related issues.
The law took effect June 9, 2016.
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