On January 7, opponents filed a notice of appeal with the California Supreme Court in an attempt to overturn the End of Life Option Act.

In November, Compassion & Choices and terminally ill Californians won a major victory when the state’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled that our opponents did not have standing to file their lawsuit opposing medical aid in dying.

This appeal asks the court to not only overrule the Court of Appeal on the issue of standing but also asks that the court overturn the End of Life Option Act in its entirety.

Compassion & Choices is working to protect the End of Life Option Act until we are sure it is safe.

The California End of Life Option Act went into effect on June 9, 2016 after Compassion & Choices launched an ambitious campaign to pass the law. Immediately, opponents of medical aid in dying began efforts to invalidate or repeal the law. With help from Compassion & Choices’ legal and advocacy teams, volunteers and supporters, the law remains in effect while battles continue.

Compassion & Choices has over 100,000 supporters and 1,000 volunteers dedicated to advancing end-of-life options in California. California Action Teams are located in Riverside, San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles/Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and the Bay Area. Action Teams are important parts of our Access Campaign. They provide education and outreach to communities and work to lobby healthcare systems, hospitals, and hospices to support physicians in honoring eligible patients if they decide to receive medical aid in dying. If you’re interested in joining one of those teams, or starting an Action Team in your town or city, click here.


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