right to die
Sen. Gary Winfield became a co-sponsor of legislation after watching his own mother die in agonizing death from an illness he says painkillers couldn’t help.
The battle lines are drawn as the Catholic church says it will fight efforts to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.
Patients and doctors in support of the lawsuit are asking the court to declare patients facing the end of life have a right under the state Constitution to make autonomous decisions about their bodies.
Grace Sung Eun Lee died Sunday at her parents’ home. She was 28.
Under the measure, the lethal medication would only be made available to patients who are told by a doctor that they have six months or less to live.
Attorneys for 28-year-old Grace Sung Eun Lee and her parents told a state Supreme Court judge that the woman had agreed to designate her father as her health proxy should she become incapacitated and unable to make health decisions for herself.
There had been a legal battle about her decision to die after her devoutly religious parents appealed her request to be taken off life support.