He says he strongly disagrees with Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia's ruling Tuesday that lawmakers illegally passed the law during a special session devoted to other topics.
The California law, which went into effect in 2016, allows terminally ill patients who have been given a prognosis of six months or less to live to obtain a prescription for a lethal dose of medication. The resolution called on churches and Christians "to care for the elderly among us, to show them honor and dignity, and to prayerfully support and counsel those who are providing end-of-life care for the aged, the terminally ill, and the chronically infirmed".
Opponents of the law filed a lawsuit claiming it was unconstitutional. Normally when there is a suspected suicide, authorities investigate the cause of death to see if the person was coerced, she said.
"This rush contributed to a lot of the fundamental flaws in the statute, including an amorphous definition of terminal illness, which is unworkable and subject to abuse", he said. Hundreds of Californians have already taken advantage of that option, including 111 individuals who died from taking the drugs in the first seven months of their availability. Two years earlier Maynard, 29, who had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, publicized videos of her final weeks after she moved to OR to avail herself of the state's Death With Dignity Act.
Alexandra Snyder, of Life Legal Defense Foundation, said, "We are thrilled by today's ruling, which reinstates critical legal protections for vulnerable patients". The laws force doctors to harm their patients and can make patients feel pressured to commit suicide to cut costs for their families, critics counter.
Stephen G. Larson, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said the law should be overturned because it was improperly rushed through a special session of the legislature under "extraordinary circumstances".
"This unjust ruling to take away this compassionate option to peacefully end my suffering is my worst nightmare", said Matt Fairchild, 48, a retired Army staff sergeant from Burbank suffering from metastatic melanoma. "But that doesn't happen when someone requests aid in dying", Snyder said.
That seemed to conclude a 23-year effort to pass a "right-to-die" law in a state of 39 million, more than quadrupling Americans' access to life-ending drugs.
Her story incited more awareness for the Death With Dignity movement, which began in OR when a group of physicians helped pass the first statewide law that allowed for terminally ill patients to request drugs to end their lives.
"Our opposition to assisted suicide is no secret, but this legislation was also opposed by a broad coalition of doctors, nurses, seniors and the disabled community, who fought this bill for many, many reasons", said Dolejsi said in a May 16 statement.