PAS is a heavily debated topic today, and many states have addressed it with legislation, criminalizing PAS. Oregon was the first state to allow its citizens an option aside from the natural course of a terminal disease. In response to the Oregon Act, Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a directive ("Ashcroft Directive") ordering the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") to prosecute doctors that prescribe life-ending medicine.
"Oregon v. Ashcroft: The Attorney General's Attempt to Override State Controlled Medical Practice,"
University of San Francisco Law Review: Vol. 37
, Article 7.
Available at: http://repository.usfca.edu/usflawreview/vol37/iss4/7