California judge rules state assisted-suicide law unconstitutional

California judge rules state assisted-suicide law unconstitutional

[Ed. – To be clear, the ruling is that the law was passed unconstitutionally. But in reaching that conclusion, the judge affirmed a key pro-life principle: that assisted suicide is not a health-care issue.  That’s why the judge says the legislature could not consider it in a session that was convened solely to address Medicare funding.  That foundational point will presumably be challenged, but the whole big-flick issue is a good one, which needs a public airing and not a hand-wave from advocates for assisted suicide.]

A California judge has overturned the state’s law legalizing assisted suicide, ruling it unconstitutional.

The judge indicated the legislature improperly passed the state law during a special session that was supposed to be specifically devoted to Medicare funding. The judge ruled that the state legislature should not have approved the assisted-suicide law during that special session because the subject of the law fell outside the grounds of the special session.

Euthanasia activists argued in court that assisted suicide is health care and that made it appropriate for the special session. …

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Life Legal attorneys appeared in court … 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.

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.”

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