Is assisted suicide illegal everywhere in the US?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Above is not correct. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon under the Oregon Death With Dignity Act. A few years ago, after Oregon passed that law, the U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft, issued an "Interpretive Opinion" of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act where he claimed that the CSA could be interpreted to allow the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit the drugs as "Controlled Substances" that doctors were using in Oregon to assist in suicides. If he were allowed to do that, then yes, assisted suicide would have been illegal in all 50 states. However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Ashcroft's Interpretation as exceeding his authority. Thus, Physician-Assisted Suicide remains legal in Oregon.

    Source(s): Law student, and I just studied this 3 weeks ago.
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