September 30, 2005

Supremes to rule on Oregon's 'Death with Dignity' law.

The US Supreme Court says it will hear a challenge to an Oregon law that allows terminally ill people to chose a physician-assisted death via a lethal dose of medication. 288 people have chosen this path since the law went into effect in 1997. While Dubya's administration and right-to-life groups have attacked the law, it's popular with Oregonians, who have twice rejected attempts to repeal the 'death with dignity' law at the ballot box,

Dubya's administration has gone to court to have the Oregon law invalidated, arguing that hastening death is an improper use of medication in violation of federal drug laws.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case on October 5.

Via AP.

Posted by Magpie at September 30, 2005 01:18 AM | Law/Justice | Technorati links |

The link's busted, takes you to a Newsday piece on antibodies and fetal virus'.

Our boy Wyden (D-OR) is amongst tuesday's twenty-two - didn't take long for that to bite his hindquarter.

Posted by: Thomas Ware at September 30, 2005 06:12 AM

thanks for catching the link problem. i re-linked to the same story at a different newspaper. hopefully that link will stick around.

Posted by: Magpie at September 30, 2005 10:47 AM

As you probably know, this has survived a number of challenges from lower courts and probably shouldn't even be in the Supreme Court line-up. Yet thanks to the loss of swing-vote Sandy, I fear that it may finally fail a court challenge--and the one that really matters.

Ah well, it was a nice experiment.

Posted by: Jeff at September 30, 2005 03:50 PM