Patients Right to Die

Some states have passed laws addressing patients’ “right to die.”  The State of Oregon was the first to take the issue up.  Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act has become the model that some other states have followed when adopting similar measures.

 

This issue has been debated by the Connecticut State Legislature several times over the past few years.  Though Connecticut has yet to enact legislation like Oregon’s, there seems to be growing support among lawmakers to give patients the right to choose death under certain circumstances.

 

Should patients have the right to choose to die?  What legitimate interests do states have in restricting or prohibiting this kind of activity?  If a state chooses to make it legal for patients to choose to die, should health care providers in that state be compelled to follow patients’ wishes or should they be allowed to refuse helping patients who wish to die?

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