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April 22, 2018

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Assisted Suicide Revisited
Last Featured: 11/4/2002

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In a controversial move, Attorney General John Ashcroft tried to shut down operation of Oregon’s assisted suicide law. He informed doctors that the U.S. Justice Department will prosecute doctors who help terminally ill patients end their lives even if done in accordance with a valid state law. The Oregon statute survived its first court challenge in April, 2002, but faces an appeal that is now before the Ninth Circuit. Supporters defend Ashcroft’s actions as necessary to assert society’s interest in protecting life, while detractors question whether the federal government should be inserting itself in what has traditionally been an area left to the individual states.

Estelle Rogers is the Executive Director of Death with Dignity National Center, which is working to expand end-of-life choices and advance the legalization of physician aid in dying. Rogers has held executive positions at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Pro-Choice Public Education Project, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She has also been a political consultant on issues ranging from criminal justice reform to judicial nominations. Rogers is currently a member of the ABA Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law, and a Delegate-at-Large to the ABA House of Delegates.

Jay Alan Sekulow is Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a public interest law firm headquartered in Virginia Beach Virginia. A nationally recognized defender of religious freedom, Sekulow has argued seven cases before the United States Supreme Court and won several key Supreme Court decisions protecting the rights of right of free speech and assembly for religious groups. A graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Sekulow has written numerous books and publications on religious freedom and is a frequent speaker on the topic. Recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States, Sekulow also hosts a national call-in radio program, Jay Sekulow Live.

Closing Quote
"Illness is the night-side of life. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place."

— Susan Sontag

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American Center for Law and Justice/CNSnews.com
Final Wishes : A Cautionary Tale on Death, Dignity & Physician-Assisted Suicide
by Paul Chamberlain
Physician-Assisted Suicide : Pro and Con (Point/Counterpoint, Philosophers Debate Contemporary Issues)
by Margaret P. Battin
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