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High Court Backs Oregon's Assisted-Suicide Law

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High Court Backs Oregon's Assisted-Suicide Law

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High Court Backs Oregon's Assisted-Suicide Law

High Court Backs Oregon's Assisted-Suicide Law

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Disabled protesters demonstrate against physician-assisted suicide in front of the Supreme Court in

Disabled protesters demonstrate against physician-assisted suicide in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5, 2005. Jason Reed/Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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The Supreme Court rules in favor of Oregon's physician-assisted-suicide law in a 6-to-3 decision. The justices find the state has the right to allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs for terminally ill, mentally sound patients. The court also finds that the Bush administration, through the actions of the U.S. attorney general, had in effect criminalized the practice without the authorization of Congress.

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