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Constitutional Law

Constitution

American University Law Review

2004

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The Constitution At The Threshold Of Life And Death: A Suggested Approach To Accommodate An Interest In Life And A Right To Die, Michael P. Allen Jan 2004

The Constitution At The Threshold Of Life And Death: A Suggested Approach To Accommodate An Interest In Life And A Right To Die, Michael P. Allen

American University Law Review

In the past fifteen years, the United States Supreme Court has decided three cases in which it tentatively began to explore what the United States Constitution has to say about issues that are popularly described as the "right to die." In this article, I suggest that the current state of constitutional analysis does not provide for an effective mechanism for securing an individual's "right to die," at least not without undervaluing a state's interest in the preservation of human life should a state choose to take such a position. In the article, I suggest that it is possible ...