PRESS RELEASE - September 23, 2002
PCC FILES FRIEND OF THE COURT BRIEF SUPPORTING APPEAL OF ASSISTED-SUICIDE
Physicians for Compassionate Care has filed a friend of the court
brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the U.S.
Department of Justice (DOJ) appeal of the Oregon assisted-suicide
case. The DOJ appeal was submitted today.
Physicians for Compassionate Care agrees with the DOJ that no state
can unilaterally exempt itself from federal law. It argues that the
orderly practice of medicine requires that federal laws concerning
federally controlled substances be uniform and uniformly applied.
It’s not about state’s rights.
The Oregon law allowing doctor-assisted suicide works by forbidding
Oregon doctors, and only Oregon doctors, from enforcing their ethics
and the ethics of every national medical organization disallowing
doctor-assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is unnecessary and undermines
trust in the doctor-patient relationship.
PCC is hopeful that the Ninth Circuit Court will uphold this appeal
as it upheld a similar appeal concerning federal laws against the
distribution of marijuana even when an individual state allowed the
For further information contact Dr. Hamilton, spokesman for PCC,
at 503-816-2224 or Wesley Smith, J.D., attorney and author of the
PCC amicus brief, 510-635-1401.
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