Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law - New York Times

Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law - New York Times
the court held that former Attorney General John Ashcroft went well beyond his authority and expertise when he ruled in 2001 that doctors would lose their federal prescription privileges if they prescribed lethal doses of medications for patients.
When are people gonna realize this administration isn't about "strict interpretation of the constitution" and is ALL about imposing their religious views on the rest of us...

Of course, this was a ruling on a narrow issue: it wasn't about the right to die, but about the power of the federal government under the Controlled Substances Act.

Of course, the conservatives all dissented:
Justice Antonin Scalia, in a sharp dissent, asserted that the attorney general did indeed have the authority to issue his 2001 ruling, regardless of the majority's reading of events. "If the term 'legitimate medical purpose' has any meaning, it surely excludes the prescription of drugs to produce death," Justice Scalia wrote. Also dissenting were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas.
Sometimes, the most compassionate thing a doctor can do is help someone throw in the towel. And that decision should be between family members and a physician...

5 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

I just lived it. Anyone who opposes assisted suicide should be forced to watch their mother die a slow, painful death.

Capt. Fogg said...

Ditto that. They will all have to go sometime and may it be slow and painful. And when the judge is screaming his lungs out in agony, let the doctor say "quack-quack"

Reign of Reason said...

The party of 'limited government' simply wants to dictate how families and individuals live almost every part of their lives: from who you sleep with, who you talk on the phone with, to how you die.
These idiots have to go...

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