Family sues UCSF for refusing to help with right-to-die


In what may be the first-of-its-kind lawsuit related to California’s End of Life Option Act, the family of a San Francisco terminally ill cancer patient is suing the UC San Francisco Medical Center alleging that her physician and the system misrepresented that they would help the dying woman use California’s right-to-die law when her time came.

Instead, according to the July 7 lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, Judy Dale’s wish for a peaceful death through the state’s physician aid-in-dying law was denied to her by the defendants’ “conscious choice to suppress and conceal’’ that they would not participate in the law, despite her repeated requests to doctors and social workers throughout last summer. The suit also names the university’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, a UCSF oncologist and the UC Board of Regents.

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