San Diego judge indicates he’ll dismiss right-to-die lawsuit by terminally ill Californians

A county judge has indicated he will dismiss a lawsuit by terminally ill Californians seeking the right to choose when to end their lives.

SAN DIEGO — A county judge has indicated he will dismiss a lawsuit by terminally ill Californians seeking the right to choose when to end their lives.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Gregory Pollack said during a hearing Friday that the suit was asking the court to make “new law,” which should be done in the Legislature or by ballot measure.

Pollack, however, did not immediately rule and said he would issue his decision in writing on Monday.

The lawsuit against the state by terminally ill Californians seeks the right to obtain doctor-prescribed medication to administer themselves to end their lives when they choose.

Earlier this month, a bill seeking such a right stalled in the state Legislature.

The judge did note that he expects Monday’s ruling to be appealed.

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