A California cancer patient has sued the state’s attorney general for the right to doctor-assisted euthanasia. The woman is 53 years old she suffers from leukemia and on Wednesday she sued the state’s AG and San Francisco’s top prosecutor seeking the right for doctors to aid the people with terminal illnesses in taking their own lives.
The lawsuit the woman has filed asks the San Francisco Superior Court to make clear a California law. The law in question makes it illegal to aid, encourage or advice someone to commit suicide, but this law should not, the woman believes, be applied to doctors assisted a dying and mentally competent patient.
The California cancer patient, Christine White, released a written statement along with the lawsuit in which she said:
I am suing the State of California to remove the legal barrier between my doctor and myself to help me achieve a peaceful and dignified death, at the time and place of my choosing.
White has been battling cancer for seven years. She first had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and then leukemia, which is now in remission.
The lawsuit was filed by the attorneys for the Disability Rights Legal Center on her behalf. Named as plaintiffs were also 5 San Francisco doctors who back doctor-assisted suicide.
White revealed that if and when her disease returns, she would like to have the option to ask her doctor to aid her in her dying. She said that she would not like to die in a hospital.
White’s lawsuit comes just four months after Brittany Maynard moved to Oregon from San Francisco to take advantage from the Death with Dignity Act, which allows people with terminal illnesses to end their lives with the assistance of doctors. Maynard suffered from a brain tumor and took her on life in November 2014. She was 29.
George Gascon, San Francisco County District Attorney, could not be reached for comments regarding the lawsuit filed by California cancer patient, Christine White. Kamala Harris, California Attorney General, also couldn’t be reached for immediate comment.
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