Professor Lund Takes Issue with Bush Administration Efforts to Undermine Oregon Assisted Suicide Law

Professor Nelson Lund argues that the "constitutional principle of federalism suggests that Oregon's assisted suicide law should be immune from congressional interference" in a recent article in The Weekly Standard.

Putting Federalism to Sleep: The wrong way to argue against assisted suicide, The Weekly Standard, October 31, 2005. By Nelson Lund.

"Among the signal achievements of the late Chief Justice Rehnquist was his long crusade to revive the constitutional principle of federalism. That principle demands that the people of each state be allowed to govern themselves as they see fit, so long as their decisions are not forbidden by the Constitution itself (as in certain decisions involving racial discrimination) or by federal statutes covering issues assigned by the Constitution to the jurisdiction of Congress (such as the regulation of foreign and interstate commerce)."

Read the article.