Turned up to eleven: Fair and Balanced

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

A victory for the forces of good against the Religious fundamentalist nanny-state.
Judge Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law

Ashcroft declared that physician-assisted suicide was not a "legitimate medical purpose" and threatened to impose criminal penalties on doctors who helped patients die. Ashcroft said the federal Controlled Substances Act barred doctors from using drugs to help patients commit suicide.

Issuing his ruling on Wednesday, Oregon U.S. District Judge Robert Jones said "the Ashcroft directive is not entitled to deference under any standard and is invalid." He added the Controlled Substances Act "does not prohibit practitioners from prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in compliance with a carefully worded state legislative act."