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Oregon Ruling

My view on the Oregon doctor-assisted suicide ruling may be the minority view on NRO. Based on this summary, I believe the panel majority got the law right, but I won’t get the chance to read the full opinion until tonight (after I’m done grading my students’ ConLaw exams). Howard Bashman has a roundup of early commentary on the ruling here. I also think the result of the opinion is correct as a matter of policy (as I argued here), though not because I have any fondness for doctor-assisted suicide. Assisted suicide, like abortion, homosexuality, and a host of other issues, is a matter best left up to the states in our federal system. That’s my view on the subject, though I suspect some other Cornerites would disagree.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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