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The Boundaries of Tolerable Suffering Some Persons Terminal Suffering Need assistance It’s Over Debbie Creates Controversy Timothy Quill’s Article and His Patient Diane Is There a Right to Assistance? Is it a protected liberty Is there a question of equity?
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Protected Liberty: Assistance Should Not Be Prohibited Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) . At the heart of liberty [is the] right to define  one’s own concept of existence, of  meaning, of the universe, and of the  mystery of human life. Such matters, the Court said, should not  be “formed under the compulsion of the  State.”
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Protected Liberty: Challenge From Washington State Against the law since 1854. Existing law: a person is guilty of assisting  suicide “when he knowingly causes or aids  another person to attempt suicide.”  Violations could result in punishment of  imprisonment for a maximum of five years  and a fine of up to $10,000.
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Protected Liberty: Challenge From Washington State Four Physicians and Three of Their Patients  Challenge law in summer 1994 Patients Competent  Terminally Ill Wished to “hasten their deaths with help from their  physicians” A Federal District Judge Finds: “A competent, terminally ill adult has a  constitutionally guaranteed right under the  Fourteenth Amendment to commit physician- assisted suicide.” 
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Protected Liberty: Challenge From Washington State Two patients had died by the time she made her  decision -- Dec. 1994. Decision appealed to 9th Circuit Court (Jurisdiction  over 7 western states.) 3-member panel disagreed -- There was no such  right. Court decided to hear the case “en banc,” noting this  was “ the first right-to-die case that this court or  any other federal court of appeals has ever  decided
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Protected Liberty: Challenge From Washington State Two Specific Questions Was there “a constitutionally-protected  liberty interest in hastening what might  otherwise be a protracted, undignified, and  extremely painful death”? Did the State of Washington have a  compelling interest to ban “a form of  medical assistance that is frequently  requested by terminally ill people who wish  to die”? 
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Protected Liberty: Challenge From Washington State Reversing panel’s 2-1 vote of a year earlier,  on March 6, 1996 the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of  Appeals, in an 8-3 decision governing seven  western states (California, Oregon  Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and  Montana), sided with individual autonomy and  the alleviation of suffering over the State’s  interest in intervening to protect the sanctity  of life.
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