Voting 6-3, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Bush administration overstepped its authority trying to block an Oregon law allowing euthanasia. The U.S. Controlled Substances act was used to prevent doctors from prescribing lethal doses of drugs.
With the majority in Gonzales v. Oregon, 04-623, were Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dissenting were Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Chief Justice John G. Roberts.
A mentally-competent Oregon resident likely to die of an incurable disease within six months, with a second doctor confirming the diagnosis, may request euthanasia under the Death with Dignity Act. Oregon voters approved the measure in 1994 and 1997.