What is a good conclusion to sum up the Washington v. Glucksberg case?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Under the Federal constitution, a State is free to limit or completely ban physician-assisted suicide and punish it as a felony. Plain and simple.

    The Supreme Court does not endorse the ban, but merely concludes that the history of such laws barring suicide or assisting suicide were all in effect at the time of the founding of the Nation and the passage of the 14th Amendment.

    Hence with 700 years of case law barring it, the State must remove the bar as part of its police powers, or enforce the ban. Washington chose to enforce the ban as it is rationally related to a state interest, thus related to the exercise of its police powers.

    End of story.

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