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Assisted Suicide Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Colorado Springs-based ministry is applauding efforts at the U.S. Supreme Court to crack down on assisted suicide, by penalizing the doctors who prescribe drugs for ending a human life.

The Bush administration wants justices to stand in the way of an Oregon state law, which allows doctor-assisted suicides.

The White House says the federal Controlled Substances Act controls the use of such drugs, but supporters of Oregon's law say the act shouldn't apply -- claiming physician-assisted suicide is a legitimate medical practice.

Focus on the Family says nothing could be more wrong.

Bioethics analyst Carrie Gordon Earll says helping someone kill themselves is NOT the practice of medicine, and that Oregon doctors and patients are misusing narcotics.


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