Disability Rights Legal Center files lawsuit on behalf of patients and physicians

February 12, 2015 4:05 AM

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Today, lawyers working with Disability Rights Legal Center filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on behalf of six patients and doctors. They say the California constitution, which prohibits aid for the dying, is outdated: that the legislature created a statute back in 1874, and there is no way it could have predicted the way modern medicine has lengthened lives.

"It used to be that dying could be a relatively short process," said Kathryn Tucker, co-counsel for the plaintiffs. "But no longer. And so this lawsuit is about making available the choice for a dying patient who finds themselves trapped in an unbearable dying process to be able to choose a peaceful...

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