On February 11th, DRLC filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court to clarify the ability of mentally competent, terminally ill California patients to obtain aid in dying from their physician. The plaintiffs, consisting of patients and doctors, are asking the court to declare that physicians who provide a prescription for medication to a mentally competent terminally ill patient should not be subject to criminal prosecution under existing California law.
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DRLC fulfills its mission by forming strategic alliances with groups within the disability community, the law school community, the legal community, the civil rights community and the cancer community. It is through these alliances that DRLC teaches disability law, co-counsels cases, spearheads disability-related conferences, issues comments on pending legislation, aligns with specialty bar associations, and supports the greater issues of civil rights for all people.