December 5, 1997 |
The state Senate passed a new ban on physician-assisted suicide by a 27-8 vote, one day after Dr. Jack Kevorkian was present at another death. The bill marks the strongest move by state legislators to stop the retired pathologist since a temporary law expired in 1994 and since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that state governments may outlaw doctor-assisted suicide.
May 4, 1994 |
A Washington state law that bars physician-assisted suicide was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday on grounds that it deprives terminally ill patients of personal liberty guaranteed under the 14th Amendment. In deciding a suit brought by a group of doctors and others who help terminally ill patients commit suicide, U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein said that "a competent, terminally ill adult has a constitutionally guaranteed right . . . to commit physician-assisted suicide."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1996
Two philosophy instructors at Pierce College will debate today the controversial issues of whether physician-assisted suicide is morally right and whether it should be legal. Arguing against physician-assisted suicide will be associate instructor Betty Odello. Taking the other side will be instructor Nicholas Habib. Odello, who teaches a course in bioethics and works part time as a nurse, said the issue is a critical one.
May 25, 2002 |
The Justice Department said it will fight a judge's ruling that banned the department from interfering with an Oregon law that allows doctors to help terminally ill people kill themselves. Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft challenged the law last November but was rebuffed by a judge who ruled in April that the Justice Department lacks the authority to overturn the state law, the only one of its kind in the nation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1999 |
An earnest debate has begun in the state Legislature over physician-assisted suicide with the introduction of Assembly Bill 1592 by Dion Aroner (D-Berkeley). Unfortunately, although this measure is born out of a sincere desire to help suffering people, it does so in the worst possible way. AB 1592 not only leads our society down the dangerous slippery slope of euthanasia but undermines California's accomplishments in addressing individuals suffering from pain.
October 4, 2005 |
ON WEDNESDAY, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Gonzales vs. Oregon, the culmination of the Bush administration's long fight to overturn Oregon's popular Death With Dignity Act. The outcome will have far-reaching effects, particularly for Californians. The Oregon law, like a bill before the California Assembly, permits doctors to write prescriptions for a lethal dose of sleeping pills or similar drugs that dying patients can take if they find their suffering unbearable.
January 8, 1997 |
Hundreds of thousands of Americans end their lives in sorry shape: stranded in a hospital ward, in pain, sustained by machines, or treated by doctors who zealously preserve life unaware of patients' wishes to forgo invasive life-sustaining measures. This new plague is known to researchers as "prolonged dying," and many health experts believe that it is the larger problem behind today's Supreme Court hearing on the constitutional right to have doctors help people kill themselves.
March 8, 1996 |
The landmark federal court ruling lifting the ban on physician-assisted suicide was hailed by many physicians Thursday for granting terminally ill patients much-needed control over their fate. But it also revealed deep divisions within the healing profession, with some doctors worrying that it might touch off a wave of unnecessary and perhaps grisly suicides abetted in the name of mercy. "Doctors are not in the business of speeding people on their way out of their lives," said Dr.