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Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, who inspired the law when she moved to OR to end her life after a brain cancer diagnosis joined ABC7 News to talk about the recent developments. A judge in Riverside County on Tuesday overturned the law because of concerns about how it was passed by the Legislature. The California Attorney General has vowed to appeal the ruling. Jerry Brown, during which politicians were supposed to discuss Medicaid funding shortfalls, services for disabled citizens, and health support services, according to LifeNews.com. And her husband, Diaz, has pushed for the cause in states around the country ever since.

"But there are certain cases", he added, "where these terminally ill individuals are facing a brutal dying process".

Opponents of the law filed a lawsuit claiming it was unconstitutional.

Ottolia ruled the California legislature violated the law by passing the End of Life Option Act during a special legislative session dedicated exclusively to health care-related issues, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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A group of doctors represented by the Life Legal Defense Foundation challenged the California law, arguing that it lacked safeguards and could be exploited by greedy relatives.

"We are thrilled by today's ruling, which reinstates critical legal protections for vulnerable patients", Life Legal Executive Director Alexandra Snyder said in a written release.

Last June, on the one-year anniversary of the law, Compassion & Choices estimated that at least 504 terminally ill adults have received prescriptions to end their lives based on inquiries to its consultation program.

The court is holding its judgment for five days, according to representatives for supporters and opponents of the law, to give the state time to file an emergency appeal. But in comments during last year's hearing quoted by opponents, Ottolia said the right-to-die law did not appear to be "related to improving the health of Californians", Brown's stated overall objective for the session. If the ruling stands, he said, lawmakers could reconsider the issue at a regular session and set tougher standards for doctors to diagnose terminal illnesses and determine that a patient is mentally competent.

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"She knew she had this option that the brain tumor could not defeat", Diaz said.

"They're not going after the substance of the bill", Monning says.

George Eighmey, national board president of the nonprofit Death With Dignity argued that as the court battle unfolds, people who want to die will be forced to place their death on hold. Facing a painful death, she moved to OR, where the nation's first such law was passed two decades ago, and legally obtained a doctor's prescription for the drug she used to end her life.

He alluded to a 2015 survey from the University of California, Berkeley that 76 percent of Californians support the killing of terminally ill patients. The patient must have a diagnosis of death in less than six months, and must voluntarily request the lethal drugs themselves, among other stipulations. And with the likely appeal from the state attorney general, his fight for California's medicine aid in dying legislation is not over. "If a person has decided on their own to apply for and qualify for the prescription, then you get to focus on living life".

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"This truly is an option", he said.

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