Death with Dignity Act Goes to High Court
Medical Authors and Editors: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
November 11, 2004 -- This week the White House asked the US Supreme Court to block the Oregon law known as the Death With Dignity Act. The Oregon law permits patients with less than six months to live to request a lethal dose of drugs after two doctors confirm the diagnosis and determine the person's mental competence to make the request.
In May of this year the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that the federal government could not circumvent Oregon law and punish doctors in Oregon who prescribed lethal doses of federally controlled drugs.
Basis for the Appeal
Basis for the Oregon Law
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