End of Life Act Overturned
By Sarada Lewis, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPN
In case you were not aware, there is a judge named Daniel Ottolia, in Riverside last week whom decided to overturn the End Of Life Option Act for California.
He decided in a case that the law was invalid. Even though we the people voted it in at the ballot box! As many of you know I specialize in hospice and palliative nursing, and this ruling really is WRONG. My patients now don't have an option to end their lives if they choose to do so in a dignified way, the compassionate choice to use Aid in Dying meds are now illegal. Patients are being told they cannot use these meds throughout California. Shame on this Judge Daniel Ottolia from Riverside.
Patients whom are currently on hospice, and already have these meds in the home, are not allowed to use them it's considered illegal. I mean, come on, what else can we do in this political age to beat down even further the downtrodden? There answer to this has occurred, to pull the rug of "choice" out from under the feet of our dying population.
I am going to provide the contact information for this judge and encourage you to write the executive office that oversees him a letter of public comment.
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