Ashcroft asks Supreme Court to block Oregon's assisted suicide lawBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1306-d (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1306
- Fred Charatan
Former attorney general John Ashcroft has asked the US Supreme Court to block Oregon's assisted suicide law, known as the Death with Dignity Act. It was Mr Ashcroft's final move before his recent resignation and is the latest move in a three year battle between the state of Oregon and the federal Justice Department (BMJ 2004;328:1337).
The act was approved by the state of Oregon in 1994 and reaffirmed in 1997. Oregon is the only state that allows assisted suicide by doctors, by administration of a lethal dose …