Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS)
Developments in the U.S.
Back in 1998-JUL, according to an article in USA Today, physician assisted suicide
|Permitted in Oregon under very tightly controlled conditions.|
||Not specifically mentioned in the laws of North Carolina, Utah, or Wyoming.
||Criminalized by laws in the remaining states and the District of Columbia.
Since 2008-NOV, PAS has become available in Washington State, by a public Initiative,
and in Montana, by a court decision.
In Canada, assisted suicide comes under the federal Criminal Code of Canada and is a prohibited in all ten provinces and three territories. A few people who helped suffering terminally ill
people to commit suicide have been charged under this law; all have been found
innocent or given suspended sentences.
Because of lack of resources
we will not report on state PAS activities in the future, whether public Initiatives
or legislative bills unless they are successful or notable for some other reason. If you wish to access information of this type, we suggest that you go to the Death With Dignity website at: http://www.deathwithdignity.org/
PAS topics covered in this section:
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