Year: 1986 Source: Columbia Law Review, v.86, no.2, (March 1988), p.348-376 SIEC No: 19890002

Suicide or attempting it is not a crime under any U.S. state statute. In 22 states & 3 U.S. territories, assisting suicide is a crime. Part 1 surveys the origin of legal sanctions against suicide assistance & current state treatment. Part 2 sets forth a framework for analyzing assisstance statutes, demonstrates their inflexibility & suggests that infrequent enforcement creates inconsistent outcomes. Part 3 proposes a more tightly drawn statutory response & presents a model statute.(KM)