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Court declines to allow dying woman access to life-ending drugs

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A state appeals court refused Friday to immediately allow a physician to prescribe life-ending drugs to a 47-year-old Southern California woman who faces a painful death from terminal cancer.

Christy O’Donnell has stage four lung cancer that has spread to her brain, has been told she has no more than a few months to live, and cannot take morphine or other common pain-relief medications. Her lawyers argued that California’s 1874 law against assisted suicide does not prohibit a doctor from prescribing lethal drugs as long as the patient makes the final decision.

But the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego said state courts have upheld the California law and have ruled that it bars physician assistance in dying. 

Read the whole story at SF Gate

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