Legislation

Rogue state

Law | Euthanasia advocates celebrate Oregon as a nationwide model
by Mark Bergin
Posted 4/09/05, 12:00 am

This past February, Oregon resident David Prueitt awoke from a coma and asked, "Why am I not dead?" The terminally ill 42-year-old had self-administered a supposed lethal dose of barbiturates three days earlier in accordance with state law, under which doctors can legally prescribe suicidal amounts of drugs to qualifying patients. Mr. Prueitt lived for two more weeks before dying naturally of lung cancer, telling his wife that God had rejected his premature death and that doctor-assisted suicide is wrong.

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'Don't let me starve'

Law | A recovered stroke victim joins the fight to save Terri Schiavo
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 3/26/05, 12:00 am

On Oct. 27, 2003, Schiavo and his lawyer, George Felos, chatted across the table with Larry King on the talk-show host's famously glossy, back-lit set. Six days earlier, the Florida legislature had passed-and Gov. Jeb Bush had signed-Terri's Law, a measure that enabled the governor to order reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Acting on Mr. Schiavo's court-sanctioned orders, doctors had removed Mrs. Schiavo's lifeline on Oct. 15, launching a slow starvation death.

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The fight of her life

Law | Terri Schiavo's family continues the battle as her court-ordered death date looms
by Lynn Vincent
Posted 3/19/05, 12:00 am

Wearing crisp slacks and suit jackets, Bob Schindler Jr. and his sister, Suzanne Vitadamo, stormed Capitol Hill on March 8, looking an awful lot like lobbyists. In the last-ditch effort to save their older sister Terri Schiavo, they had to act like lobbyists too. Dividing up the chambers of Congress, Bob took the Senate and Suzanne took the House.

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