US government moves against doctor assisted suicide

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1149
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The US attorney general, John Ashcroft, has authorised the Drug Enforcement Administration to take action against any doctor who prescribes lethal drugs for terminally ill patients, even though doctor assisted suicide is legal in one of the country's states.

    In Oregon, people are allowed to kill themselves with a doctor's prescription. Under the state's Death with Dignity Act (1997), twice approved by its voters, a terminally ill patient may take lethal drugs if two doctors agree that the person has less than six months to live …

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