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Appeal court upholds Oregon's assisted suicide law

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7452.1337-b (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1337
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A federal appeal court in San Francisco has ruled that doctors in Oregon can continue to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients, without facing federal prosecution.

    The ruling said that the US attorney general, John Ashcroft, cannot sanction or hold doctors criminally liable for prescribing—but not administering—overdoses under Oregon's Death With …

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