Judge Allows Lawsuit Challenging Assisted Suicide Law

A judge Friday allowed a legal challenge to proceed against California’s law allowing terminally ill people to seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs.

Riverside County Judge Daniel A. Ottolia decided to allow a lawsuit by doctors challenging the state’s 2016 law permitting medically-assisted death move forward and denied a request from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to dismiss the case.

State attorneys had argued that the suit should be dismissed because doctors aren’t bound to issue these prescriptions and the law merely offers patients a choice.

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