Oregon's Death With Dignity Act -- which gives doctors the authority to prescribe controlled substances to mentally competent, terminally ill patients who are within six months of dying -- now faces its own potential demise. A Bush administration challenge to the law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court at its private conference Friday. Yet this politically charged clash between people on both sides of the assisted-suicide debate may ultimately be decided on statutory grounds.
Justices Asked to End Oregon Death Act
February 16, 2005