No. 04-623.

546 U.S. 243 (2006)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 17, 2006.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Solicitor General Clement argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the briefs were Assistant Attorney General Keisler, Deputy Solicitor General Kneedler, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katsas, Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, Mark B. Stern, and Jonathan H. Levy.

Robert M. Atkinson, Senior Assistant Attorney General of Oregon, argued the cause for respondents. With him on the brief for respondent State of Oregon were Hardy Myers, Attorney General, Peter Shepherd, Deputy Attorney General, and Mary H. Williams, Solicitor General. Nicholas W. van Aelstyn, Aaron S. Jacobs, and Kathryn L. Tucker filed a brief for Patient-Respondents. Eli D. Stutsman filed a brief for respondents Peter A. Rasmussen, M. D., et al.*

JUSTICE KENNEDY delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question before us is whether the Controlled Substances Act allows the United States Attorney General to prohibit doctors from prescribing regulated drugs for use in physician-assisted suicide, notwithstanding a state law permitting the procedure. As the Court has observed, "Americans are engaged in an earnest and profound debate...

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