Judge denies motion to dismiss assisted suicide in California

Judge denies motion to dismiss assisted suicide in California

By Emmanuella Ellis

Friday morning, a California judge denied a motion by the State Attorney General to dismiss a lawsuit against assisted suicide.  

A lawsuit was filled on the California's assisted suicide a year ago shortly before the "End of Life Option Act" went into effect. The Life legal attorneys appeared in court on the morning of June 16 to challenge the lawsuit. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the Director of the California Department of Public Health, filed a motion to dismiss the case. However, the motion to dismiss was denied by the judge.

The End of Life Option Act does not require patients seeking the so-called "aid-in-dying" drugs to undergo a mental health evaluation. This is important since majority of individuals who receive a terminal diagnosis experience depression, anxiety, and other treatable mental health conditions that could lead the patients to seek suicide. The Act doesn’t provide legal protection for patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. The foundation is concerned about physicians who are facilitating the death of patients whom they have no meaningful relationships due to encouragement received from the assisted suicide law. These physicians set up niche clinics that only dispense prescriptions for lethal drugs. Besides, there are numerous known cases of individuals who have lived longer than their "terminal" diagnoses.

In situations where the provider and insurer are the same entity, the financial interests of the health care providers compete with the needs of patients under the California law. There have been known cases where insurance companies are willing to pay for lethal drugs but not for life-prolonging treatment. The law sends the message that some lives are not worth living.

“The End of Life Option Act is a dangerous law that exposes vulnerable individuals to direct and indirect pressure to commit suicide. Today's ruling is confirmation that our claims have merit and deserve a fair hearing” said Life Legal Defense Foundation Executive Director, Alexandra Snyder.

Life Legal Defense Foundation was established in 1989 and composed of committed attorneys and other concerned citizens. “Life Legal represents hundreds of physicians who are committed to walking through life's challenges as advocates for their patients, yet who are concerned that those patients could succumb to pressure from family, insurers, and other health care providers to cut their lives short,” said Alexandra.

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