Wesley J. Smith argues that Attorney General Ashcroft is making a principled stand in denying the Oregon assisted suicide lobby the restricted drugs they dispense to people who want to kill themselves.
WHEN OREGON VOTERS legalized assisted suicide in 1994, state regulators had a problem. They wanted to authorise doctors to prescribe barbiturates as killing agents. But the federal government regulates the use of these drugs under the Controlled Substances Act, and federal law did not permit their use to intentionally kill.
Ordinarily, that would have been that. The feds, not the states, have the final say about what would and would not be a proper use of drugs governed by the Controlled Substances Act. Unfortunately, Oregon's assisted suicide law went into effect during the Clinton years, when principle and the rule of law were rarely allowed to impede political expedience.
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