Oregon has a death with dignity law (doctor assisit suicide) that John Ashcroft takes serious issue with because (he says) it violates the Controlled Substances Act. DWD is the only law of it’s kind in the nation and has been approved twice by voters in Oregon.
John Ashcroft issued a directive aimed at overturning the law. The directive would authorize federal narcotics officials to suspend or revoke the licenses of doctors who prescribed drugs that patients could use for suicide.
I feel safe in saying that the directive is not really about the CSA but more about the ethical issues surrounding the law.
George Bush ran on a platform the emphisized state’s right and smaller federal government. However, in this case, the federal government stepped in and directly interfered with state law. Was this action justified due to the nature of the Death with Dignity law? If so, what else should the federal government get involved in at a state level?