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Bush Administration challenges Oregon Death with Dignity Act

Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.

Although former Attorney-General John Ashcroft was told clearly in three different court decisions that his 2001 edict to punish doctors who prescribed barbiturates under the Oregon Death with Death Act (ODDA) was not within his purview, the Bush Administration has taken his ­challenge to the Supreme Court. The issue is whether the administration of drugs described in the Federally Controlled Substance Act should be regulated by the states or by the Department of Justice. The ODDA has been in effect since November 1997; no abuses have been reported.