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Physician-assisted suicide and the Supreme Court: the Washington and Vacco verdicts
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Philip J. Candilis, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kenneth L. Appelbaum, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
12-1-1997
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Advisory 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
Abstract
In 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.
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Citation: J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1997;25(4):595-606.
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Link to Article in PubMed
PubMed ID
9460047
Citation Information
Philip 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/