NPR, May 16, 2018
Scott Neuman

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A California law permitting physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients has been overturned by a judge who says it was passed unconstitutionally.

Judge Daniel Ottolia of the Riverside County Superior Court did not challenge the legality of the nearly 3-year-old law but said California lawmakers should not have passed it during a special session on health care funding.

However, the judge is holding his judgment for five days to give the state time to file an emergency appeal. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who says he strongly disagrees with the ruling, says he plans to do so.

California is one of seven states, along with the District of Columbia, that has legal protections for assisted suicide. They account for about one-fifth of the U.S. population. [...]

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