State Attorney General Appeals Ruling Against Assisted-Suicide

California’s attorney general is appealing a court decision which struck down the state’s assisted-suicide law.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the appeal following a Riverside judge ruled the law was unconstitutional. Judge Daniel Ottolia stated legislators wrongly handed the law at a special session devoted to healthcare.

The legislation, also referred to as the”right-to-die,” was contentious since California accepted it three decades back. Its fate is now in the hands of judges at the District Court of Appeal.

End of Life

California became the fifth state in the nation to approve assisted-suicide; Oregon was the first with its variant more than two decades ago. California’s End of Life Choice Act allows terminally ill people to kill themselves via lethal meds when they have less than six months to live.

At the six months after it took effect, 111 individuals in California took their own lives under the law.

In ruling to overturn the legislation, Ottolia gave the state attorney general five days to challenge it. The state’s lawyer has asked the court of appeal to stay the judgment.

“I do not think there will be a period of time in which the implementation of the statute will be disrupted,” Kathryn Tucker, an attorney with the End of Life Liberty Project, told the Los Angeles Times.

‘Pain and Suffering’

In his appeal, Becerra asserts that the legislature acted within the scope of the special session on health care. “Since the Governor indicated, the Act deals with pain, anguish, and the comfort of having the health care alternatives afforded by the Act,” the appeal says.

After he signed the law, Gov. Jerry Brown said he didn’t understand what he’d do if confronted with the end-of-life choice. But, he stated, he’d need the options afforded by the invoice.

“And I wouldn’t deny that right to others,” he explained.