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The Nation | IN BRIEF / OREGON

Court Won't Revisit Assisted Suicide Ruling

August 17, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider its support of a law that allows Oregon doctors to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who want to die, according to an order made public in San Francisco.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in May that a Bush administration directive seeking to stop Oregon doctors from helping the terminally ill commit suicide was unlawful and unenforceable.

In the new ruling, the court declined an administration petition for a larger panel to reconsider the case.

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