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U.S. argues against assisted suicide law in Oregon

Published Sep. 2, 2005

At least two terminally ill patients, both strong supporters of Oregon's assisted suicide law, watched lawyers for the federal government tell a judge Friday that Oregon doctors should be barred from helping such people hasten their deaths.

Four months after Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a directive aimed at overturning the law, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones heard final arguments in the emotional legal battle over the Oregon law, which voters have approved two times. Oregon is the sole state that sanctions assisted suicide.

Jones is expected to rule next month.

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