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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Physician-Assisted Suicide (eBook)

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Susan M. BehuniakProfessor of Political Science, Le Moyne College, USA, Arthur Gordon SvensonProfessor of Government, University of Redlands, USA

ISBN13: 9781461705178
ISBN: 074251725X
Published: March 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Format: eBook (ePub)
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Whether competent, terminally-ill patients have a right to die with the assistance of their physicians or whether state and national governments have legitimate interests in forbidding the exercise of this right are the central questions around which this volume revolves. In either case, essential constitutional issues as well as ethical and medical reflections enter the debate. The work, blending sources and commentary, seeks to prepare its readers to enter the discussion by providing and introduction to the law and politics of physician-assisted suicide.

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Terminology and background; direct democracy and the PAS debate; the constitutional setting; the litigation begins - PAS on trial in the federal district courts; the cases in the federal courts of appeal; a change in players and forums - entering the US Supreme Court; informing the court; before the court; the Supreme Court decides; the states respond; the executive responds; the Congress responds.