California law allowing life-ending drugs halted, for now

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives has been put on hold — at least for now.

A ruling handed down by a judge Thursday found the 2016 law was unconstitutional. The state attorney general’s office was expected to appeal.

The practical impact of the ruling remained unclear Friday.

The law required terminally ill adults seeking a prescription for life-ending drugs to make two separate requests, at least 15 days apart.

Alexandra Snyder of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, which sued to get the law tossed, said the order voids the current state statute.

Advocacy group Compassion & Choices called for an immediately appeal to preserve the law as the legal fight plays out.

The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately respond to a comment request.

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