Assisted suicide is legal again in California. At least for now.
On Tuesday, an appellate court rejected a lower court’s decision to put an aid-in-dying law on hold.
The appellate court’s judges said physicians who challenged the new law did not have legal standing, as they would not be required to help terminally ill patients die. However, the court did not rule on the law’s constitutionality, which could fuel additional challenges.
Earlier this year, California became the fifth state to allow assisted suicide for people with a terminal condition. A growing number of additional states are considering similar legislation.