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Separating Death From Agony

Not long ago, a cancer specialist I know faced a situation that chilled those of us who care for people with terminal illness.

Federal Judge Stops Effort to Overturn Suicide Law

Siding with the State of Oregon, the only state to legalize assisted suicide, a federal judge issued an order here today that would temporarily block Attorney General John Ashcroft’s move earlier this week to overturn the law.

Oregon Assisted – Suicide Law Intact

Oregon doctors can prescribe lethal medicines again to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives now that a judge has temporarily blocked a federal order that had essentially shut down the state’s unique assisted-suicide law.

Bush presidency begins decline

By Earl Wettstein, President of Arizonans for Death with Dignity (a branch of Hemlock USA).

President Bush’s approval rating has peaked somewhere around 88% and will now begin a decline toward his Failure to Get Re-elected Day in November of 2004.

With his decision to unleash Attorney General Ashcroft on the Oregon Death With Dignity Law, he has gutted not only that law, but his presidency. He just doesn’t know it yet.

Ashcroft Ruling Blocks Ore. Assisted-Suicide Law

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft effectively blocked Oregon’s landmark assisted-suicide law yesterday, authorizing federal drug agents to identify and punish doctors who prescribe federally controlled drugs to help terminally ill patients die.

Federal Doctor-Assisted Suicide Policy Reversed

Reversing the policy of his predecessor who supported the nation’s first assisted suicide law, Attorney General John Ashcroft said on Tuesday that doctors may not prescribe lethal doses of federally controlled substances to terminally ill patients.

INJURED MAN IN LIFE SUPPORT CASE DIES

INJURED MAN IN LIFE SUPPORT CASE DIES Court: His wife and mother had battled for years over the right to end medical aid.

July 18, 2001

Los Angeles Times

Maura Dolan, Times Legal Affairs Writer

Robert Wendland, focus of California court

case, photographed in May, prior to his death

San Francisco– A severely disabled man who is the subject of a closely watched right-to-die case before the California Supreme Court died of pneumonia Tuesday, family lawyers and a hospital official said.

Man wins right to die at home

BY ADAM FRESCO, The Times of London

A terminally ill man won a legal battle yesterday for the right to die at home after a health authority agreed to fund his nursing care. Lawyers for Jason Powell, who has multiple sclerosis and pneumonia and has only a few months to live, challenged Dyfed Powys Health Authority’s refusal to fund home care as a breach of his human rights.

Exploring the Angst of the Terminally Ill

Patients considering euthanasia are worried less about unbearable pain than about the social and emotional disintegration that accompanies terminal illness, a new survey has found.