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Judge Rules California’s Assisted Suicide Law Unconstitutional

by Life Legal, 15 May 2018

A California judge ruled that the California state legislature acted outside the scope of its authority when it enacted the End of Life Option Act, which allows physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to their patients.

Riverside Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia agreed, holding 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.”

Stephanie Packer, who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, was present at the hearing. After the End of Life Option Act was implemented, Stephanie’s insurance company denied coverage of life-saving chemotherapy treatment, but said it would pay for “aid-in-dying” drugs, which would cost $1.20.

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People with disabilities often fear they’re a burden. That’s why legal assisted suicide scares me.

by Ben Mattlin, Vox, 21 September 2017

Ben Mattlin is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles and author of Miracle Boy Grows Up and the forthcoming In Sickness and in Health.

This is why, a year after the so-called right to die became legal in our nation’s most populous state, California, I’m still profoundly uncomfortable with it. The value of my life has been discounted by medical professionals, and others, more often than I care to remember. That’s because even at my healthiest, I am what some would consider terminally ill.

The knee-jerk questioning of whether my life is worth saving drives my opposition to the legalization of assisted suicide. And I know I’m not the only one who’s experienced this kind of dismissive attitude, the subtle pressures and invisible coercions to unburden others.

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