Where is Physician-Assisted Suicide Legal?

Sarah Kliff in Vox: “California legalized physician-assisted suicide on Monday. Overnight, with that new law, the number of Americans living in states where it is legal for a doctor to prescribe lethal medications to terminal patients tripled.”

“Before California, there were four states — Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Vermont — where doctors could prescribe these lethal drugs. A total of 13.7 million people live in those places. But California is the country’s most populous state, with more than 38 million residents. Now that its new law has passed, there are 52.5 million people — about one in six Americans — who live in places where doctors can help terminally ill patients end their own lives.”

“An additional nine states are currently weighing legislation that would create the right elsewhere.”

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  • SoundTownSal

    I’d be curious to see the rules around these new “permissions”. Residency requirements? Requirements for physicians? Etc. This is terrific news at any rate. Think of all the legal business such a law in New York would create..

    • pisher

      Um, I’d agree it’s good policy, as long as it’s well-regulated. People shouldn’t have to suffer needlessly, anymore than dogs or cats.

      But it’s hardly terrific news for the people who are terminally ill. Or for the dogs and cats, even.

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