The lawsuit, filed by ADF attorneys on behalf of Christian medical professionals in February, concerns California’s End of Life Option Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide in that state and went into effect in 2016. Following the act’s passage, California legislated not only to eliminate important safeguards from the act, but also to force physicians to participate.
With the preliminary injunction, the court decided that the medical professionals “are likely to succeed on the merits of their First Amendment free speech claim.”
Theriot, who argued on behalf of those challenging the California law, interpreted the court’s decision.
“Practically speaking, when a court does that, then the fact that you’re likely to succeed almost always means that you will,” he said.
“It means that we have succeeded while the case is pending,” he added of the preliminary injunction. “That’s important to know, that for physicians in California…the law is put on…