The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision said U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft overstepped his authority when he ordered Oregon doctors to ignore a state law that allowed them to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who wished to die.
I firmly believe that it is a persons right to kill thierselves, and the government should not interfere in that right. That being said, actively killing the person with drugs is about even with turning off the machines keeping the person alive. Both require a willful action. I don't think doctors should be forced to kill someone one if they don't want to, they should be able to opt out of that class for moral reasons (much like they should be able to opt out of the abortion class and training). I also think the doctors should pay the families money to kill their family members (that is so, doctors don't make money killing people), of course it won't be enough money to make the families rich just enough money to make the doctor poor if he/she happens to enjoy his job to much.
Under the law, terminally ill patients must get certification from two doctors stating they are of sound mind and have less than six months to live. A prescription for lethal drugs is written by the doctor and administered by the patients themselves.
Why don't they just give them a gun, that would be so much cooler.