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California Beats Disability Bias Lawsuit Over Aid-in-Dying Law

June 23, 2022, 1:28 PM

A proposed class of terminally ill patients may not proceed in a suit alleging the self-ingestion requirement of California’s aid-in-dying law violates federal disability discrimination laws, a federal court said.

Compelling the state to allow doctors to help people who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases take life-ending medications would fundamentally alter the End of Life Option Act, the US District Court for the Northern District of California said.

California’s law gives some terminally ill patients the option of ending their lives by using aid-in-dying medication. It also provides immunity for doctors who prescribe or prepare the medication.

The law imposes several ...