An Appeals Tribunal has overturned a lower court ruling overturning a California law that allows doctors to prescribe life-threatening drugs for the terminally ill.
California's Court of Appeals at the Fourth District Court refused to allow last week's ruling decision Riverside County Superior Court, which ruled that state lawmakers should not have passed the law during a special session on funding health care. However, the constitutionality of the law itself – which was passed nearly three years ago – has not been called into question
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has attempted to block the earlier decision to allow terminally ill people access to life-limiting medicines
] Becerra dismissed the Supreme Court's ruling that the law had been dropped, arguing that health care financing for assisted suicide was "widespread" and therefore its adoption into The Sacramento was constitutional Bee
California is one of seven states, along with the District of Columbia, which has legislated for assisted suicide and covers about one-fifth of the US population.
California's 2015 law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients w live with six months or less ,
According to Compassion & Choices, an assisted suicide advocacy group, more than 500 California adults received the drugs in the first year after the law came into force.
Opponents of the law, such as the Life Legal Defense Foundation, argued that it could lead to coercion and abuse of terminally ill patients.
"They have people in what is probably the most vulnerable time of their lives," says Alexandra Snyder, the group's Executive Director, KQED member station.
These people are "potentially exposed to high levels of medical spending and this puts them in a position not only to be under pressure from families, but also from their own pressures that this may be a cheaper, less burdensome affair" , she says. 19659013]