State legislatures haven’t exactly jumped at the opportunity to pass such legislation. To date, only
Former Attorney General Ashcroft did not approve of physician assisted suicide and tried various strategies to declare
The bad news is that Chief Justice Roberts joined the predictable duo of Scalia and Thomas in dissenting from the majority opinion. We can anticipate that Judge Alito, when he is confirmed as the next member of the Supreme Court, which appears almost certain, will join with his ideologically motivated colleagues in interpreting the law so as to support his moral and political views. That still leaves a majority of justices, some of whom are considered liberal and others of whom are considered conservative, without these unfortunate biases. But it’s a tenuous majority, composed of Justice John Paul Stevens (age 85), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (age 72), Anthony Kennedy (age 69), David Souter (66) and Stephen Breyer (67). On the other hand, we have Justice Antonin Scalia (69), Clarence Thomas (57), John Roberts (50), and probably soon will have Samuel Alito (55). My geriatric word of the day is the fervent hope that Justice Stevens remains healthy for at least the next 2 years.