Sacramento, Calif., Nov 29, 2018 / 17:02 pm
A California court of appeals overturned Tuesday a lower court's ruling that had put the state's assisted suicide law in jeopardy.
The 4th District Court of Appeals in Riverside, California overturned the lower court because it said that plaintiffs to a lawsuit opposing the law did not have sufficient standing to sue. The court said that the plaintiffs, doctors opposed to assisted suicide, did not show they were harmed by the law.
Because of its procedural decision, the court did not rule on the lawsuit's substantive challenges to the constitutionality of the state's assisted suicide law.
The End of Life Option Act was passed in 2015 during a special legislative session focused on health care funding. Assisted suicide had failed to pass in committee during the 2015 regular legislative session in California.