The Constitution and Hastening Inevitable Death
Sedler, Robert A.
Hastings Center Report. 1993 Sep-Oct; 23(5): 20-25.
The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects the right of terminally ill persons to hasten their inevitable death. In prohibiting physicians from prescribing lethal medications by which patients might hasten death, Michigan's ban on "assisted suicide" unconstitutionally imposes an "undue burden" on the exercise of that right.
Abortion; Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Cancer; Constitutional Law; Death; Drugs; Due Process; Federal Government; Government; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Pain; Patients; Physicians; Regulation; Right to Die; Rights; State Government; State Interest; Suffering; Suicide; Supreme Court Decisions; Terminally Ill;