End of Life Option Act lacks accountability

Monday, June 13, 2016
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IV needle assisted suicideThough California's assisted suicide bill has gone into effect, pro-life attorneys are preparing for another court date to halt the measure.

The End of Life Option Act legalizes doctor-assisted suicide, although questions remain about its legality and ethics on the part of lawmakers in how it was passed. 

Now, the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) has filed suit, and executive director Alexandra Snyder tells OneNewsNow the case is based on constitutional grounds, "primarily on equal protection grounds, arguing that the law removes certain protections from those people who have been deemed to be terminally ill."

That is because it is illegal to help someone commit suicide if he or she is not terminally ill, while medical personnel is permitted to assist if the person is terminal.

LLDF contends that is dangerous, partly because of the lack of accountability, "especially for terminally ill people and people who are very vulnerable," Snyder asserts. "We think this is exactly the wrong way to go to remove these basic constitutional protections."

In addition, it could make second class citizens out of the poor, who might be encouraged to kill themselves because of economic circumstances.

Snyder

"Even if you have insurance, especially if you have, let's say, MediCal, the likelihood of getting cutting-edge, life-saving treatment is going to be less than for those who can afford either better insurance or just to afford to pay for their healthcare," the LLDF executive explains.

The drugs for suicide will begin being dispensed on June 24, and the next court hearing seeking an injunction to halt the law is a few days after that.

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