Physician-assisted suicide and the Supreme Court: the Washington and Vacco verdictsSystems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
UMMS AffiliationDepartment of Psychiatry
SubjectsAdvisory Committees; Government Regulation; Humans; Intention; New York; Persons; Professional Autonomy; Resuscitation Orders; Right to Die; Suicide, Assisted; *Supreme Court Decisions; United States; Value of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Washington; Withholding Treatment
AbstractIn June 1997, the Supreme Court decided that statutes proscribing physicians from providing lethal medication for use by competent, terminally ill patients do not violate the Due Process or Equal Protection Clauses of the Constitution. The Court returned the question of physician-assisted suicide to the states, but did not foreclose future review of state laws that may be too restrictive of care at the end of life. The conceptual distinctions between assisted suicide, refusal of life-sustaining treatment, and administration of pain medication to terminally ill patients were endorsed as important guideposts for future analyses.
SourceJ Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1997;25(4):595-606.
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Citation InformationPhilip J. Candilis and Kenneth L. Appelbaum. "Physician-assisted suicide and the Supreme Court: the Washington and Vacco verdicts" Vol. 25 Iss. 4 (1997) ISSN: 1093-6793 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/philip_candilis/24/