Do our rights stop at death? Individuals diagnosed with terminal illnesses are forced to think about not just when but how they are going to die. It is no surprise that some terminally ill patients cease to continue taking medication that would otherwise prolong their lives. Yet opinions become very divided when individuals seek assistance in forgoing life altogether. Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is known by various titles across the world. In general, PAS is when a patient requests assistance in dying, without the doctor being civilly or criminally liable. Countries seeking to legalize PAS must strike a balance between the government’s desire to protect its citizens and individuals’ rights over their bodies and lives.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review website on September 27, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Neefe, Zoe, "Your Location will Determine Your Right to Physician Assisted Suicide" (2021). CICLR Online. 21.