A coalition of Christian medical professionals won a major legal victory Friday when a federal district court ruled they are not required to participate in the state’s new physician-assisted suicide law.
At issue is SB 380, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year and lowers the waiting period for life-ending drugs from 15 days to 48 hours.
Although one section of the law says doctors “shall not be required to participate,” another section requires non-participating doctors to “document the individual’s date of request” for life-ending drugs. That action starts the 48-hour clock for individuals who want to end their life.
Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) sued the state, asserting that the law makes its members participants in an action they morally oppose. More than 90 percent of CMDA members “would rather stop practicing medicine” than “be forced to participate in assisted suicide or other practices in violation…