Husband of woman who inspired 'right to die' law speaks on changes

The judge said California's right-to-die law was passed improperly

"Not only am I disappointed, I'm outraged".

"Proponents of physician-assisted suicide have been boasting that there is no opposition in the states that have legalized it", Callister said in an email. "There will always be a future option to reintroduce the same legislation - nothing prohibits us from doing that".

"It's a reminder for all of us that there are those out there who would like to take our rights away", she said.

The law allows adults to obtain life-ending drugs if a doctor determines they have six months or less to live.

ALEXANDRA SNYDER: You have people at, likely, the most vulnerable time of their lives potentially facing large medical expenses.

Euthanasia laws could lead to situations like Alfie's, where the United Kingdom government decided his prognosis was too severe and it was immoral to keep him alive, many Americans also fear.

John C. Kappos, an attorney representing Compassion & Choices, said he believes the passage of the law was constitutional because aid-in-dying is a healthcare issue.

But many people and organizations continue to oppose the law on philosophical grounds, and legal challenges have come from, among others, the group of physicians who are plaintiffs in the Riverside case.

In a letter to members of the California State Assembly discussing his decision on the bill, ABX2 15, Brown, a Democrat, explained that he didn't think it should be a crime for "a dying person to end his life".

The sponsors of the state's End of Life Option Act had introduced the bill in a special session of the legislature convened by Gov.

Critics of assisted suicide charge the practice is not only potentially abusive, but it already is being used in place of health care.

Supporters of the law disagreed, calling aid-in-dying is a legitimate health care option.

Life Legal filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings in March 2018, arguing that the law should be overturned because the manner in which it was passed is unconstitutional.

Judge Daniel Ottolia of the Riverside County Superior Court ruled on Tuesday that lawmakers had unconstitutionally passed the law in a 2015 special session of the legislature dedicated to health care funding.

The ruling was a blow to those depending on the law to ease their suffering. California's attorney general, Xavier Becerra - a Catholic - said he would appeal immediately. "I pray the attorney general successfully appeals this decision, so hundreds of terminally ill Californians like me don't have to suffer needlessly at life's end", he said in a prepared statement.

In the first and only report to date, the California Department of Public Health reports that in the second half of 2016, 191 terminally ill patients received aid-in-dying drugs; of those, 111 patients died using them.

Since Maynard'd death on November 1, 2014 at age 29, her husband Dan Diaz has helped push for the passage of a right-to-die law in their home state of California - as well as similar legislation in Hawaii, Colorado and Washington, D.C.

"It gave her back control of her life, it let her die on her own terms", she said. "What terrifies me is the thought of how it may end if my cancer runs its course". Lawyers for both sides said Ottolia expressed similar views at Tuesday's hearing. "Brown, the attorney general and the courts to keep this law in effect", said Maynard's husband Dan Diaz, in a prepared statement. "Brittany was simply saying, 'I will not die that way, and I shouldn't be forced to, '" he said.



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