US Supreme Court decides physician assisted suicide is unconstitutional

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:7
  1. Terri Rutter
  1. Boston

    The US Supreme Court unanimously ruled last week that terminally ill patients do not have a constitutional right to have a doctor help them to die.

    The court upheld two federal laws in the states of New York and Washington which declared that physician assisted suicide was unconstitutional. It argued that those who were most vulnerable to …

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