Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

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Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

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U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE Robert Jones of Portland, Ore., has temporarily blocked Attorney General John Ashcroff's order that would have prevented Oregon doctors from assisting terminally ill patients in committing suicide. The decision came after Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers sued the federal government, arguing that it should not dictate the state's policies regarding medical practices. Assistant Attorney General William Howard countered that the government has an interest in preserving life that takes precedence over state law. The judge's order is in effect until Nov. 20, when he plans to have another hearing.

PRESIDENT BUSH is being urged by faith-based and humanitarian groups to make an emergency supplemental request to Congress to add at least $1 billion to the administration's $200 million pledge to the Global AIDS, tuberculosis and Malaria Fund. Earlier this year Bush announced the United States would contribute about $200 million to the $1.4 billion so far promised by governments, foundations, individuals and businesses around the world. The pledges fall short of the $7 billion to $10 billion United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan had said would be necessary to fight the diseases.

A WEB SITE urges visitors to make a pledge to do something for peace, either by praying, forgiving someone or doing acts of charity and outreach. The project is the initiative of Sisters United News, a coalition of 13 congregations of women religious in the Cincinnati area. …

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