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High Court OKs Doctor-Assisted Suicide

Ruling Prevents Federal Officials From Interfering in Oregon Law

Is Legal Battle Over?

Despite the decision, legal fights may not be over. Dorothy Timbs, legislative council for the National Right to Life Committee, points out that the court's ruling was narrow and that it "left the door open" for later federal laws that could stop assisted suicide.

"Nothing in the decision will suggest that Congress can't amend the [Controlled Substances] Act to say that federally controlled drugs can't be used to kill people," Timbs tells WebMD.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters Tuesday that President Bush was "disappointed" by the court's decision. "The president has strongly advocated building a culture of life in America, and he's going to continue working to do that," McClellan said.

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