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Court hears assisted suicide debate

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 18 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:165
  1. Terri Rutter
  1. Boston

    The United States Supreme Court last week heard a deeply divisive debate over the rights of patients to ask their doctor for help in ending their lives. A decision is not expected until midsummer.

    It was one of the most watched debates in the court's history-over 50 friends of the court briefs were filed, representing views on each side of the issue. It has divided doctors, legal advocates, religious groups, and organisations that provide care to people who are terminally …

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