Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Court to hear arguments today on Right-to-Die

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today (Wednesday) on a challenge brought by the Bush administration to Oregon’s "right to die" law.  The law passed by a 51 percent majority of Oregon’s voters in 1994. An effort to repeal it in 1997 was rejected by 60 percent of the voters. The law permits dying persons to obtain lethal medication from their doctor. Since 1998 when the law took effect, 208 persons have used medication to end their lives. Most of them were dying of cancer. The case, Gonzales vs. Oregon , pits the state's traditional power to regulate the practice of medicine against the federal government's authority to regulate drugs.  Source.  Gina Holland, Associated Press Writer, Click here for the complete story (last visited October 5, 2005, REO).

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