August 2018 – In May, a California Superior Court judge overturned a physician-assisted suicide law because legislators passed the bill during a special session dedicated to health care issues rather than during a regular legislative session.
Also known as the End of Life Option Act, SB-128 allowed patients with a projected life expectancy of fewer than six months to request end-of-life drugs. Over 100 people requested and received such drugs in the first six months after the bill took effect in June 2016. Although proponents of physician-assisted suicide believe the new ruling will eventually be reversed, Californians fighting for the right to life see it as a victory.
The Delaware Family Policy Council is leading a similar charge in their state against a bill that would label physician-assisted suicide as a medical treatment.
delawarefamilies.org, 4/27/18; latimes.com, 5/15/18