Oregon: Don't Tell Us to Stop Dying

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, April 18, 2002

Oregon: Don't Tell Us to Stop Dying

A federal judge ruled yesterday that the Justice Department lacks authority to overturn an Oregon law that allows doctors to help people kill themselves.

U.S. District Judge Robert Jones scolded attorney general John Ashcroft saying, "With no advance warning to Oregon...(he) fired the first shot in the battle between the state of Oregon and the federal government."

That's how I felt about Roe vs. Wade.

So, the federal judge in Oregon doesn't like the federal government telling Oregon voters and their elected representatives what to do. But the United States Supreme Court had no problem in 1973 striking down the abortion laws of every state and keeping the people of those states and their elected representatives from imposing new ones when it comes to killing the innocent unborn.

Does this make sense? It does only if you are morally obtuse. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.