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Judge: California aid-in-dying law doesn’t discriminate against the disabled

A woman with ALS says California’s aid-in-dying law discriminates against those who need help ingesting life-ending medication and brought her case to court. The federal judge said he cannot allow an Americans with Disabilities Act carveout to California’s assisted suicide law that would let doctors assist people too weak or disabled to ingest end-of-life medication, finding that such a provision would “fundamentally alter” the law from conferring the ability to take your own life to having a doctor do it for you.

Sandra Morris, a California woman in the final stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), wants the option of ending her life in the future. But the possibility that she’ll be too incapacitated to take her own life means she may need a doctor’s help when the time comes. She says no doctor will help her ingest aid-in-dying medication because they could be criminally prosecuted.

The judgment can be found below at this page.

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