Earlier this week, Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia in Riverside denied a request to issue a temporary injunction to stop the measure signed into law earlier this year by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown known as the "Right to Die Law" or "END OF LIFE OPTION ACT". The measure allowed people who are terminally ill to choose to take their own life, under medical supervision.
Prior to the passing of the measure, medically supervised assisted suicide was punishable under the California Penal Code..
"Every person who deliberately aids, or advises, or encourages another to commit suicide, is guilty of a felony."
Now California, among 5 other states allows citizens who are 18 and older may be aided with prescription pills under authorization of a medical examiner to end their terminal illness by the end of life option act.
To read more about the legislative text on this issue click here
Andria Elkhettab is a J.D. graduate of Pacific Coast University School of Law who has been employed in the California Workers' Compensation Field since 2008.
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