URGENT ACTION ALERT H.R. 2260, The Pain Relief Promotion Act MAY HAVE A SENATE FLOOR VOTE VERY SOON.HR 2260 represents our chance to help stop euthanasia before it becomes embedded in American medicine and culture. Please urge your senators to vote FOR H.R. 2260, the Pain Relief Promotion Act, and most importantly, to vote for CLOTURE The procedure by which debate is formally ended in a meeting or legislature so that a vote may be taken.
Cloture is a means of terminating a filibuster, which is a prolonged speech on the floor of the Senate designed to forestall legislative action. (to allow the bill to come to a vote). Time is of the essence A phrase in a contract that means that performance by one party at or within the period specified in the contract is necessary to enable that party to require performance by the other party.
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- On June 5, 1998, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno announced that the federal Controlled Substances Act Controlled Substances Act /Con·trolled Sub·stan·ces Act/ a federal law that regulates the prescribing and dispensing of psychoactive drugs, including narcotics, hallucinogens, depressants, and stimulants. establishes no uniform national policy against the use of federally regulated drugs for assisted suicide, overturning an earlier policy determination by the Drug Enforcement Administration The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was established in 1973 by President richard m. nixon as part of the Justice Department, thus uniting a number of federal drug agencies that had often worked at cross-purposes. (DEA DEA - Data Encryption Algorithm ). Thus, she said, these drugs may be used to assist patients' suicides in any state, such as Oregon, which allows the practice under state law.
- Under federal law and regulations, the use and prescription of certain narcotics and other dangerous drugs are generally prohibited unless a doctor with a special federal "registration" to prescribe them does so for a "legitimate medical purpose." Assisting in a suicide is not a "legitimate medical purpose."
- Contrast the Attorney General's position on the use of federally regulated drugs for assisted suicide with the Justice Department's position on marijuana, whose "medicinal use" has been legalized by referenda in a number of states. The Justice Department continues to maintain that the use of marijuana remains illegal under the Controlled Substances Act no matter what state law may say.
- Under Reno's ruling, the federal government facilitates the killing of patients in Oregon, by acknowledging their killing as "legitimate," and by providing access to the lethal drugs needed to carry it out.
- The Hatch substitute version of the Nickles-Lieberman bill is the current version of the Pain Relief Promotion Act. It has been adopted by the Senate Judiciary Committee The U.S. Senate established the Committee on the Judiciary on December 10, 1816, as one of the original 11 standing committees. It is also one of the most powerful committees in Congress; among its wide range of jurisdictions is investigation of federal judicial nominees and oversight of and has the enthusiastic support of the American Medical Association American Medical Association (AMA), professional physicians' organization (founded 1847). Its goals are to protect the interests of American physicians, advance public health, and support the growth of medical science. and of most specialty medical organizations concerned with pain, including many who opposed earlier versions. The Hatch substitute is supported by the American Academy of Pain Management, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Association of Pain Management Anesthesiologists, the American Pain Society, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an association of physicians (primarily anesthesiologists) whose stated goal is to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. , as well as the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice Association of America, to name only a few.
- Popular opinion is clearly on our side. By 64% to 31%, Americans say "no" when asked whether federal law should allow use of federally controlled drugs for the purpose of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Please call or write your U.S. senators today. The number for the Capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121. The in-state office of your U.S. senator available from local telephone information.