Gonzales v. Oregon Summarypol303

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Gonzales v. Oregon Summary 1 Gonzales v. Oregon Summary By Kimberly Morano POL303 Professor Knox September 27, 2010
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Gonzales v. Oregon Summary 2 Title of the case (with date): Gonzales v. Oregon, October 5, 2005 Brief description of the parties involved: The United States Attorney General, the state of Oregon. What were the facts of the case (what happened, without any legal interpretation or opinion)? In 1994, Oregon enacted the Oregon Death With Dignity Act (DWDA), which allows prescriptions to be written, not administered, by physicians to terminally ill, mentally capable patients who wish to exert their right to die (The Oyez Project, Gonzales v. Oregon, 2005). This act gives physicians and pharmacists’ protection from any charges of criminal activity. Then in 2001, when there was a change in administration, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, issued a directive or order, wherein he concluded in saying that doctors who prescribe controlled substances that would aid in assisted suicides were violating the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), in which case would make them liable for criminal prosecution, would no longer allow them to write prescriptions for controlled substances and possibly including the revoking of one's license to practice medicine. The State of Oregon allows for assisted suicides, which use controlled substances because they are the best and most reliable means for a terminally ill, yet mentally capable person to, without pain, take their own life (The Oyez Project,
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2010 for the course POL POL303 taught by Professor Knox during the Fall '10 term at Ashford University.

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