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The Latest: Suit over California life-ending drugs law OK’d

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to California’s law allowing terminally ill people to seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

A judge has allowed a legal challenge to proceed against California’s law allowing terminally ill people to seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs.

The state attorney general had sought to have the lawsuit dismissed during Friday’s hearing. California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra has said doctors aren’t bound to issue these prescriptions and the law merely offers patients a choice.

The doctors say the law is removing critical protections from terminally-ill patients.

Riverside County Judge Daniel A. Ottolia has scheduled an Oct. 20 conference to set a trial date.

California is one of several states with such legislation, in addition to Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana.

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1:11 a.m.

A judge is expected to weigh whether a challenge can proceed to California’s law letting terminally ill patients seek prescriptions for life-ending drugs.

A Riverside County judge on Friday is expected to hear arguments over whether a lawsuit by doctors challenging the state’s 2016 law permitting medically-assisted death can move forward.

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the suit should be dismissed because doctors aren’t bound to issue these prescriptions and the law merely offers patients a choice.

The doctors say the law is removing critical protections from terminally-ill patients.

California is one of several states with such legislation, in addition to Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana.

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