There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer well known for advocacy for such patients.

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Garcia v. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, et al.,

Case No. CV 09-8943-MMM (SHx)

Tree of Growth

Los Angeles, CA – A seventh plaintiff joined the civil rights case Brody, et al v. Harris, et al, becoming the fourth Californian with a terminal illness to sue for the right to obtain aid in dying.  Angelica Bloomquist, 49, of San Pedro, CA, suffers from an aggressive form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that has progressed to the point where her body is completely incapacitated yet her mind remains intact.  The Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), a national nonprofit disability rights advocacy group, and the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.