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Medical Jurisprudence

End-of-life

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

2018

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Legal History Of Medical Aid In Dying: Physician Assisted Death In U.S. Courts And Legislatures, Thaddeus Pope Jan 2018

Legal History Of Medical Aid In Dying: Physician Assisted Death In U.S. Courts And Legislatures, Thaddeus Pope

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Terminally ill patients in the United States have four medical options for controlling the time and manner of their death. Three of these are legally available to certain clinically qualified patients. First, all patients may withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment. Second, all patients may voluntarily stop eating and drinking. Third, patients with intractable suffering may receive palliative sedation to unconsciousness. In contrast, the fourth option is available in only seven U.S. jurisdictions. Only there may patients legally obtain a prescription for a lethal medication that they can later self-ingest.

Medical aid in dying (MAID) is not yet legally available in …