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Oregon Assisted Suicide Law Upheld

post #1 of 13
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The Supreme Court upheld the state by a 6-3 vote, blocking the Administration's attempt to prosecute doctors who have prescribed lethal doses of medication:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/01/17/as....ap/index.html
post #2 of 13
I'm so glad Ashcroft is gone.
post #3 of 13
I have mixed emotions about this. I am not sure HOW I feel about it yet.

Have to admit being surprised at the ruling though.
post #4 of 13
The ruling was rather narrow, so this issue will definitely crop up again.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm sure it will, because now that the Oregon law has been upheld other states will likely pass similar laws. And at 6-3, even if (presumably) Alito votes the other way it's still a 5-4 vote.

I am glad it was upheld. Every time I think of this issue I think of my mother in her end stages of cancer/chemo. If she had wanted to end her suffering, I don't think there would have been anything we, her family, wouldn't have done to make it happen. We afford, nay INSIST, on that option for our pets and think it cruel to allow them to suffer unnecessarily when the end is inevitable. And yet, when a human is in the same position and expresses a desire to end their own suffering, somehow that's shameful and wrong.
post #6 of 13
It's a tough issue for sure.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I'm sure it will, because now that the Oregon law has been upheld other states will likely pass similar laws. And at 6-3, even if (presumably) Alito votes the other way it's still a 5-4 vote.

I am glad it was upheld. Every time I think of this issue I think of my mother in her end stages of cancer/chemo. If she had wanted to end her suffering, I don't think there would have been anything we, her family, wouldn't have done to make it happen. We afford, nay INSIST, on that option for our pets and think it cruel to allow them to suffer unnecessarily when the end is inevitable. And yet, when a human is in the same position and expresses a desire to end their own suffering, somehow that's shameful and wrong.
Good point about the animals. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but that is defintiley a good point and no one wants to go through or see people suffering.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by valanhb
We afford, nay INSIST, on that option for our pets and think it cruel to allow them to suffer unnecessarily when the end is inevitable. And yet, when a human is in the same position and expresses a desire to end their own suffering, somehow that's shameful and wrong.
Well said. I for one wouldn't want to suffer needlessly. I hope assisted suicide (in extremely controlled circumstances!) was legal here.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I am glad it was upheld. Every time I think of this issue I think of my mother in her end stages of cancer/chemo. If she had wanted to end her suffering, I don't think there would have been anything we, her family, wouldn't have done to make it happen. We afford, nay INSIST, on that option for our pets and think it cruel to allow them to suffer unnecessarily when the end is inevitable. And yet, when a human is in the same position and expresses a desire to end their own suffering, somehow that's shameful and wrong.
I have to agree with Heidi. Why can pets be "put to sleep" to end their suffering, but not humans? I think most people who have watched loved ones suffer and die in increments have had the same thought.
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Originally Posted by jcat
I'm so glad Ashcroft is gone.
My god, again I agree with you...! *wonders if revelations or the 12th Iman is around the corner..." LOL
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Originally Posted by Arg0
My god, again I agree with you...! *wonders if revelations or the 12th Iman is around the corner..." LOL
Uh, oh! Maybe we are in trouble!
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Originally Posted by valanhb

I am glad it was upheld. Every time I think of this issue I think of my mother in her end stages of cancer/chemo. If she had wanted to end her suffering, I don't think there would have been anything we, her family, wouldn't have done to make it happen. We afford, nay INSIST, on that option for our pets and think it cruel to allow them to suffer unnecessarily when the end is inevitable. And yet, when a human is in the same position and expresses a desire to end their own suffering, somehow that's shameful and wrong.
Absolutely. Well said!
post #13 of 13
Maintaining life at any price and taking the decision about whether it's worth living any more away from people is, IMO, simple inhumane. Hopefully I will die suddenly or at home in bed. I really don't want to spend months or years and millions of dollars hooked up to a machine keeping my heart and lungs working when I am already gone. That's why I have a living will. I don't want to put the decision in someone else's hands. But even a living will doesn't go far enough if I'm still in my right mind and know I'm going to die but don't see any point to prolonging the suffering. That's why I'm in favor of these laws.
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