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Washington v. Glucksberg

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Citation. 521 U.S. 702, 117 S. Ct. 2302, 117 S. Ct. 2258, 138 L. Ed. 2d 772 (1997).

Brief Fact Summary. Washington law made it criminal for any person to knowingly cause or aid another person to attempt suicide. The constitutionality of the statute was brought into question.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. There is no fundamental right to a physician assisted suicide under the United States Constitution.


Facts. Washington law makes it criminal for any person to knowingly cause or aid another person to attempt suicide. Exempted under the State law, however, is the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment at a patient’s direction. The constitutionality of the statute was brought into question.

Issue. Was Washington’s prohibition of causing or aiding a suicide in violation of the substantive due process component of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution?
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