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Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law

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Posted on Jan 17, 2006
Ruth Gallaid, from Eugene, Ore., shows support for physician-assisted suicide in front of the Supreme Court on Oct. 5, 2005.
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Ruth Gallaid, from Eugene, Ore., shows support for physician-assisted suicide in front of the Supreme Court on Oct. 5, 2005. The Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, upheld Oregon’s one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld Oregon’s one-of-a-kind physician-assisted suicide law Tuesday, rejecting a Bush administration attempt to punish doctors who help terminally ill patients die.

Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said that federal authority to regulate doctors does not override the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people. New Chief Justice John Roberts backed the Bush administration, dissenting for the first time. | story

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By Hannah, October 21, 2008 at 6:57 am Link to this comment
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I think that Bush is ridiculous, if you want to die, shouldn’t that be allowed?
Wouldn’t it make things sooo much easier to have someone help you die whether than the police finding a dead body in your house and wondering if you killed yourself or if you were murdered?
Shouldn’t you have the freedom to decide whether or not you keep breathing? There is a specific part in your brain that keeps each human from killing themself.  No matter how much a person can long for death, generally they will chicken out unless they had help.

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