In June, 2018, the Fourth District Appellate Court sided with Becerra and the state of California and stayed the superior court’s decision, reinstating the End of Life Option Act.
Becerra called the ruling “an important step to protect and defend the End of Life Option Act for our families across the state.”
He defended the law, saying that the ruling “provides some relief to California patients, their families, and doctors who have been living in uncertainty while facing difficult health decisions.”
Later in Jan., 2020, the Riverside County Superior Court upheld the End of Life Option Act, determining that it was lawfully passed and did not violate the state constitution.
In response to this ruling, Compassion & Choices--an advocacy organization that pushes for expanded legalization of assisted suicide--praised Becerra for his work on behalf of the state’s assisted suicide law.
“We appreciate Attorney General Becerra’s efforts in this legal battle that already has lasted 3-1/2 years, but we will not rest until we win this case outright on behalf of terminally ill Californians who depend on this law to ensure they can die peacefully, ”said Kevin Díaz, the chief legal advocacy officer for Compassion & Choices in Jan., 2020.
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Compassion & Choices also promoted a “Thank you Xavier Becerra” form as part of its advocacy for the law.
“Attorney General Xavier Becerra is standing up for Californians by fighting to ensure we have the right to make end-of-life decisions with dignity,” said Compassion & Choices.
“Our Attorney General isn’t alone – the vast majority of Californians support this law, and terminally ill Californians and their families deserve better than to have this option ripped away from them,” they said.