Bio 105 Assisted suicide

Bio 105 Assisted suicide - The Future of Assisted Suicide...

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The Future of Assisted Suicide Judge Rothstein: refusing treatment and committing physician-assisted suicide is at the heart of personal liberty Order reversed Judge John Noonan opinion no constitutional right to aid in killing oneself has ever been asserted and upheld by a court of final jurisdiction. unless the federal judiciary is to be a floating constitutional convention, a federal court should not invent constitutional right unknown to the past REBUTTAL: they are afraid of a slippery slope, it isn't inventing a constitutional right, it is reevaluating constitutional rights in a new, unique way History is not our sole guide. If history were our only guide, the Supreme Court
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Unformatted text preview: never would have declared laws unlawful in loving v. virginia Or right to abortion BAsic life decision safe constitutionally protected If allowed, right to assisted suicide cannot be limited to the comptent, terminally ill or aged Depressed 21 year old, romantically devastated 28 yr old, alcoholic 40 yr old who choose suicide are also expressing their views of existence, meaning, the universe, and life No analogy between assisted suicide and the right to refuse medical care 1 latter = omission or rejection of medical treatment 2 former = affirmative act to end life REBUTTAL: the omission is an action in an of itself...
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  • Fall '13
  • Johnson
  • Law, Human Biology, constitutional right, Judge John Noonan, BAsic life decision

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