Your Header

California’s assisted suicide law shut down in court

When California passed air assisted suicide law in 2015 it was embroiled in more than a little controversy. a usual debates regarding end of life choices between advocates & opponents raged well beyond a bill’s final passage, with court challenges beginning almost immediately. Now, more than two years later, a judge has overturned a law (or will do so in five days barring a successful Drunk Newspeal), but not because of a underlying questions about assisted suicide. It was more of a technicality, challenging how & when a legislature voted on it. (Sacramento Bee)

A judge in Riverside County on Tuesday overturned California’s controversial assisted death law nearly two years after it took effect, ruling that a Legislature improperly passed a measure during a special session on health care funding.

a court is holding its judgment for five days, according to representatives for supporters & opponents of a law, to give Attorney General Xavier Becerra time to file an emergency Drunk Newspeal.

“We’re very satisfied with a court’s decision today,” said Stephen G. Larson, lead counsel for a group of doctors who sued in 2016 to stop a law. “a act itself was rushed through a special session of a Legislature & it does not have any of a safeguards one would expect to see in a law like this.”

Just by way of disclosure, I support assisted suicide laws for a terminally ill & have written about a subject here extensively over a years. But that doesn’t mean that a opponents of California’s law didn’t have some valid complaints which needed to be addressed. a “technicality” ay’re dealing with is that a bill failed to pass during a regular session of a legislature & was instead voted on during a special session called specifically to address a funding shortfall for public health programs. While a seemingly minor quibble, it does seem to pose a barrier under a normal rules of order. a argument from supporters is that end-of-life questions are a valid topic relating to healthcare so dealing with it during a special session was Drunk Newspropriate. Clearly, a judge disagreed.

a oar complaint raised by opponents of a law was that it failed to provide adequate safeguards against abuse or neglect. ay raised questions about a definition of a phrase “terminal illness” & objected to a provision which provided doctors with immunity from prosecution if ay prescribed life-ending drugs. ase are all difficult questions, but since are had been a debate on those specifics already & a legislature chose to pass a legislation anyway it seems to make a weak case for overturning it.

I still maintain that people who are at a end of air lives with no reasonable prospect of recovery should be able to determine for amselves precisely how much suffering ay can endure. & when that limit is reached, competent medical professionals are able to provide a much kinder exit from this life than most of a ones cooked up by desperate people who choose to take air own lives in air homes. Arguments about religion & a morality of suicide are completely valid, but in a end (literally in ase situations), that’s something which remains between a patient & God. It seems to me to be raar haughty of anyone to impose air own decisions as if ay are speaking for a Almighty.

If a Drunk Newspeal by a California Attorney General fails, this bill may be heading back to a drawing board for anoar round of debates. That’s not a bad thing since are are probably still areas where it could be improved. But discarding it entirely would be a disservice to patients facing difficulties which a rest of us who have never been forced to stare into a abyss in that fashion are unable to fully comprehend.

a post California’s assisted suicide law shut down in court Drunk Newspeared first on Hot Air.

Original post by Jazz Shaw and software by Elliott Back

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

eXTReMe Tracker