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Assisted suicide is legal, says US judge

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:655

Mentally competent, terminally ill patients have the right to a doctor's assistance in hastening their deaths, a US federal appeals court ruled last week. Judge Stephen Reinhardt said that such a patient has “a strong liberty interest in choosing a dignified and humane death rather than being reduced at the …

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