Saturday, October 8, 2005
The Supreme Court held oral arguments Wednesday on Oregon's first-in-the-nation law allowing physician-assisted suicide. To some observers, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., sounded skeptical about the state's claim that it can make its own rules without federal interference. Before the Court is a 2001 directive by then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft that threatens punishment of any Oregon doctor who prescribes a lethal dose of federally controlled drugs to help a terminally ill patient end his or her own life. Oregon enacted its law permitting such prescriptions in 1997, and the state says it falls within its traditional prerogative to regulate the practice of medicine. Source: Charles Lane, Washington Post, WashingtonPost.com.For the complete story, click here (last visited October 8, 2005, REO).