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February 28, 2005

Working their way up to YOU!!

Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding Oregon's "Get the Cripples Out of the Way" act, they have humorously dubbed “Death with Dignity”

The Oregon law was passed by a narrow margin in 1994 and upheld against an effort to repeal the law in 1997. The Death with Dignity Act allows adult patients with terminal diseases and only six months of life to receive assisted suicide by lethal medication.

Last year, former Attorney General John Ashcroft spearheaded a movement to make prescription of lethal medication a violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. In the case of Gregory vs. Ashcroft, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court blocked Ashcroft’s efforts, ruling that the regulation of medical practices is under state jurisdiction, and is beyond the authority of the federal government. Ashcroft appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

Tuesday’s announcement that the Supreme Court will hear the case, now called Gonzales vs. Oregon, was applauded by groups who oppose the Oregon law.

David Stevens, M.D., Executive Director of the Christian Medical Association, said, “The Court has an opportunity to insure that patients receive truly compassionate care and pain relief by limiting physicians’ use of narcotics for healing—not death.”

Hitler started with the physically disabled, too. It only took him a few years to work up to homosexuals and Jews.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 28, 2005 08:48 AM

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