Suit over life-ending drugs for terminally ill gets hearing

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A judge is expected to weigh whether a challenge can proceed to California’s law letting terminally ill patients seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs.

A Riverside County judge on Friday is expected to hear arguments over whether a lawsuit by doctors challenging the state’s 2016 law permitting medically-assisted death can move forward.

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the suit should be dismissed because doctors aren’t bound to issue these prescriptions and the law merely offers patients a choice.

The doctors say the law is removing critical protections from terminally-ill patients.

California is one of several states with such legislation, in addition to Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana.

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