A group of Christian doctors accused California this week of trying to force them to help patients kill themselves under new changes to the state assisted suicide law.
The Washington Times reports Dr. Leslee Cochrane, a California hospice physician, and the Christian Medical & Dental Association filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging new amendments to the state physician-assisted suicide law.
According to their lawsuit, the amendments require all California physicians “to provide patients with information about assisted suicide and to refer patients for assisted suicide against their religious, ethical, and medical objections to doing so, and leaves them open to criminal, civil, administrative, and professional liability if they do not comply.”
Physician-assisted suicide has been legal in California since 2015, but the initial law included conscience protections for pro-life medical workers. Last year, however, state lawmakers amended the law to remove many of these protections, according to the report.
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