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January 26, 2020

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The Challenge to Assisted Suicide in Oregon
Last Featured: 10/10/2005

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Whether you call it assisted suicide, assisted death, or physician-assisted dying, it is illegal for a doctor to willingly help someone die by prescribing them a lethal dose of drugs—except in Oregon. But now the U.S. Attorney General has threatened to prosecute Oregon doctors under federal laws if the doctor prescribes drugs allowed by that state’s Death With Dignity Act. The case was argued before the Supreme Court on October 5. How will our nation grapple with the societal, political and social implications?

Art Caplan is the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathryn Tucker is director of Legal Affairs for Compassion and Choices, an organization dedicated to improving end of life care and protecting the rights of the terminally ill.

Wesley Smith is an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and is the author of “Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America.”

Lonny Shavelson, MD is a writer, photojournalist and physician whose articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications. Shavelson is the author of A Chosen Death: The Dying Confront Assisted Suicide.

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Oregon Death with Dignity Act
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Compassion and Choices
Not Dead Yet
World Federation of Right to Die Societies
Hastings Center for Bioethics
Physicians for Compassionate Care
National Right to Life
A Chosen Death: The Dying Confront Assisted Suicide
by Lonny Shavelson
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (For and Against)
by Gerald Dworkin, R. G. Frey (Series Editor), Sissela Bok
The Case against Assisted Suicide : For the Right to End-of-Life Care
by Kathleen M. Foley, Herbert Hendin
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