by Steven Ertelt
September 30, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case pitting the Bush administration against the state of Oregon on the issue of assisted suicide. Members of the national disability rights group, Not Dead Yet will rally on October 5 in Washington on the day of the hearings on the case.
The Bush administration has determined hat federally controlled drugs should not be used in assisted suicides in Oregon. All of the people who died from assisted suicide there used such drugs and the Justice Department says the Controlled Substances Act allows it to prohibit their use.
Not Dead Yet agrees and will support the president’s position during the rally.
Diane Coleman, an attorney and president of Not Dead Yet, testified before Congress earlier this year and said advocates of assisted suicide want to "kill" disabled people "quickly and call it compassion, while also saving money for others perhaps deemed more worthy."
Not Dead Yet has filed an amicus curiae brief in the case along with more than 20 other disability rights groups.
In the brief, disability rights attorney Max Lapertosa wrote, "Assisted suicide also raises serious ethical concerns regarding the medical profession’s treatment of the disabled. It requires doctors to make difficult, if not impossible, determinations of a person’s competency and life expectancy, the consequences of which are both ultimate and irreversible."
Related web sites:
Not Dead Yet – https://www.notdeadyet.org