Wednesday, January 18, 2006

"Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Suicide Law"

PORTLAND, Ore. Jan 18, 2006 — After more than a decade of legal battles over assisted suicide, a Supreme Court ruling affirming that states have the authority to regulate medical treatment of the terminally ill may help turn an Oregon law into a national model.

The 6-3 ruling Tuesday was considered a rebuke to the Bush administration and former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The court said they improperly threatened to use a federal drug law against Oregon doctors who prescribe lethal doses of medicine to dying patients who request it.
I don't think this is an option I would want to take even after watching 3 grandparents slowly die from cancer. But when you are in a lot of pain all the time, your views on living are bound to change. I do agree with the Supreme Court through. It's up to the people of each state to decide issues such as this. I heard on the radio that the whitehouse was going to try and challenage this ruling or try something to make it illegal. The 10th Amendment, which states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
clearly covers this case, and the whitehouse and congress has no right to interfare with the state on this issue.

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