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The Challenge to Assisted Suicide in Oregon
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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?
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.
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.
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
Oregon Death with Dignity Center
State of Oregon - Physician Assisted Suicide Website
Supreme Court Filed Briefs (PDF)
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
Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (For and Against)
Gerald Dworkin, R. G. Frey (Series Editor), Sissela Bok
The Case against Assisted Suicide : For the Right to End-of-Life Care
Kathleen M. Foley, Herbert Hendin
The Law and Infectious Disease
Is There a Right to Health Care?
Have Health Officials Become the Diet Police?