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Right to Die

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There seems to be a common threat in most right to privacy issues, which is that they are all surrounded by some controversy, and there is certainly no exception to one’s right to die – and, in particular, assisted suicide. Under the current legal framework, if your state passes a law that criminalizes assisted suicide, the law is constitutional, and many states have such laws on the books, including Washington and New York – the first two to pass such laws.

However, one state – Oregon – does allow doctor assisted suicide, with certain caveats. The doctor may prescribe, but not administer, medication to assist suicide, so long as the patient has less than six months to live, and so long as two other doctors determine that the patient is mentally competent to make that decision. Additionally, the right to refuse life-sustaining medication or procedures is also legal in all 50 states.

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