How can this be? Is this a judge forcing her own religious viewpoint that suicide under any circumstances should be illegal? What is to be gained by refusing a terminally ill 84 year old person a pain free death?

John Jay Hooker has terminal cancer and has doctors who have expressed a willingness to prescribe him a lethal dosage of painkillers.

The doctors sought protection from prosecution if the 84-year-old Hooker was administered the drugs.

But Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled against the plaintiffs on Tuesday, saying they "do not have standing to bring this action." She said administering such drugs would be engaging in "criminal conduct."

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To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.