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State Appeals Court Reinstates Physician-Assisted Death Law

A California appeals court has reinstated the state’s End of Life Option Act, which allows terminally ill individuals to obtain a prescription for a drug for the purpose of ending their lives if certain requirements are met. Last month, a Riverside County Superior Court judge declared the act unconstitutional because it was passed during a special legislative session called by Gov. Brown specifically to address certain budget shortfalls in health care services. The attorney general and patients and providers appealed this ruling; on Friday, the appeals court granted their requests for an immediate stay of that ruling. The act will now remain in effect — with patients and providers able to participate in physician-assisted death in accordance with its terms — pending further action by the appeals court.