Physician-assisted Suicide: The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2003 - Law - 221 pages
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 book revolves. In either case, essential constitutional issues as well as ethical and medical reflections enter the debate. This book, blending original sources and expert commentary, prepares its readers to enter the discussion by providing an accessible and concise introduction to the law and politics of physician-assisted suicide. Its timely appearance also sets the stage for understanding future state referenda, court decisions, legislation, and executive orders expected in 2002 and beyond. Visit our website for sample chapters!
 

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Contents

Background and Terminology
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Document 11 The American Way of Dying
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A Case of Individualized Decision Making
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Document 13 Physician Aid in Dying
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Document 14 When Death Is Sought
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Document 15 Declaration of Jane Roe
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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Document 81 Oral Arguments in Washington v Glucksberg
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Document 82 Oral Arguments in Vacco v Quill
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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The Supreme Court Decides
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Document 91 Majority Opinion Washington v Clucksberg
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Document 92 Majority Opinion Vacco v Quill
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Concurring Opinion in Washington v Glucksberg and Vacco v Quill OConnor
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Concurring Opinion in Washington v Glucksberg and Vacco v Quill Stevens
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Direct Democracy and the PAS Debate
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Document 21 Oregon Death With Dignity Act of 1994
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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PAS and the Elements of Legal Analysis
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Document 31 United States Constitution Fourteenth Amendment Section 1
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Document 32 Washington Revised Code 9A36060
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Document 35 Cruzan v Director Missouri Department of Health
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Document 36 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v Casey
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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The Litigation Begins PAS on Trial in the Federal District Courts
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Document 41 Compassion In Dying v Washington
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Document 42 Quill v Koppell
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Document 43 Lee v State of Oregon
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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The PAS Cases in Federal Courts of Appeals
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Compassion in Dying v Washington 1995
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Document 52 Compassion In Dying v Washington 1996
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Document 53 Quill v Vacco
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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A Change in Players and Forums Entering the US Supreme Court
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1996 Term
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Document 62 The Justices of the Supreme Court
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Informing the Court
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Document 71 Brief for the Petitioners Washington v Glucksberg
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Document 72 Brief of the Respondents Washington v Clucksberg
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Document 73 Brief for Petitioners Vacco and Pataki Vacco v Quill
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Document 74 Brief for the Respondents Vacco v Quill
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Document 75 Brief of the AMA ANA and APA et al as Amid Curiae
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Brief Amid Curiae of the National Association of Prolife Nurses et al
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Document 78 Brief of the American Suicide Foundation Amicus Curiae
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Document 710 Brief of Agudath Israel of America as Amicus Curiae
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Document 713 Brief Amid Curiae of State of Oregon
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Document 714 Brief Amid Curiae of the American Civil Liberties Union et al
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Brief Amid Curiae of Americans For Death With Dignity and the Death With Dignity Education Center
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Document 718 Brief Amid Curias of Bioethicists
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Brief Amid Curiae of Surviving Family Members in Support of PhysicianAssisted Dying
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Before the Court
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Document 95 Concurring Opinion in Washington v Glucksberg Souter
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Concurring Opinion in Washington v Glucksberg and Vacco v Quill Breyer
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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The States Respond
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The Legislatures Arguments to Repeal DWDA
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Voters Argument to Repeal DWDA
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Voters Arguments to Sustain DWDA
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Legalized PhysicianAssisted Suicide in Oregon The First Years Experience
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Legalized PhysicianAssisted Suicide in Oregon The Second Year
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Document 106 Legalized PhysicianAssisted Suicide in Oregon 19982000
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Document 107 Judge Jessica Coopers Sentencing Statement to Jack Kevorkian
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Document 108 Statement of Assemblywoman Dion Aroner
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Document 109 Testimony of Paul Longmore
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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The Executive Branch Responds
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Document 111 Letter from Representative Henry Hyde and Senator Orrin Hatch
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Statement upon Signing the Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997
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Document 114 Letter from Janet Reno Attorney General of the United States
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Additional Sources Cited
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The Congress Responds
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Statement of Representative Henry Hyde Hearings on the LDAPA
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Statement of John A Kitzhaber Governor State of Oregon Hearings on the LDAPA
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Statement of Thomas R Reardon MD PresidentElect American Medical Association Hearings on the LDAPA
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Statement of Thomas J Marzen General Counsel National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent Disabled Inc Hearings on the LDAPA
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Document 125 Statement of Senator Don Nickles Hearings on S 2151
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Document 126 Statement of Senator Ron Wyden Hearings on S 2151
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E Ratcliffe Anderson Jr The American Medical Association Letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde
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Document 128 Statement of David Orentlicher MD JD Hearings on the PRPA
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Document 129 Remarks of Representatives Ron Paul and Henry Hyde
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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PAS and the Anatomy of Future Constitutional Law Cases
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Memorandum for the Attorney General Whether Physician Assisted Suicide Serves a Legitimate Medical Purpose
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Document 132 Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Assist Suicide
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Document 133 Separating Death from Agony
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Document 134 Oregon v Ashcroft
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Questions for Reflections and Discussion
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Index
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About the Authors
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Susan M. Behuniak is professor of political science at Le Moyne College. Arthur G. Svenson is professor of government at University of Redlands.

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