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California Judge Indicates Dismissal of Right-to-Die Lawsuit

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SAN DIEGO (AP) —

A single mother with late-stage cancer says she was saddened by a decision from a California judge who indicated plans to dismiss a lawsuit from right-to-die advocates who want doctors to be allowed to prescribe fatal medication for terminally ill people.

Christy O’Donnell said Friday outside San Diego Superior Court that her attorneys will appeal, but she doesn’t expect to live long enough to see it through.

O’Donnell, two other terminally ill California residents and a San Diego doctor are plaintiffs in the suit.

Judge Gregory Pollack said the plaintiffs are seeking “new law,” which should be settled by ballot measure or in the Legislature.

He says his written ruling will come Monday.

O’Donnell has cancer in her lungs, brain, spine and ribs. She is morphine intolerant and faces a painful death.