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November 14th, 2001 David Shafer (compiler) | News Stories
 

Question: In the matter of John Ashcroft vs. Oregon's Death with Dignity Act, do you think the Justice Department is trying to protect the sanctity of life or rein in an uppity state?

     
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LOUIS SARGENT, 64
Window Washer
Northwest Portland

 


MICHAEL JOHNSON, 50
Aircraft Mechanic
Aloha

 


SUAD ABDURAFFI,
19
Student, Single Mother
North Portland

 


KAT NYBERG, 29
Photographer
Northeast Portland

 

ANSWER #1: "It's absolutely not a moral point being made here. I think it's a Big Brother thing. The federal government just doesn't like that we feel so strongly about this."

ANSWER #2: "I think that America is blessed right now to have many uncorrupted politicians. And I think that John Ashcroft is, by all indications, a very good man. I think legalized assisted suicide is basically wrong; it's a dangerous step that could lead to...well, eventually to something much worse. If someone is still alive, he is alive for a reason; and suffering can be a part of life, just as death is a part of life."

ANSWER #3: "I think it's ironic that liberals, who have not paid much attention to states' rights for the last 60 years, are coming to understand why it's not such a great thing to have the federal government decide what a state can or cannot allow. In that sense, they've really been hoisted on their own petard this time."

ANSWER #4: "I think that there are reasons why people should be able to make that choice for themselves. It's creepy when it becomes political like this. And this is political. The human factor is being taken out of it--out of the decision, and out of the whole question."

 

 

 

 

ANSWERS: #1-C, #2-B, #3-A, #4-D

 
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