Year: 2002 Source: Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002. p.69-93 SIEC No: 20040158

The author examines a series of major U.S. legal cases that 1) made biomedical issues into questions of federal policy; 2) gave strength to early arguments for the right to assisted suicide; 3) led to the 1996 finding by 2 U.S. circuit courts that there was a constitutional right to physician-assisted suicide under certain circumstances; & 4) eventually resulted in the rejection of this right by the U.S. Supreme Court. The author goes on to consider the future of this issue in the Supreme Court & the political arena.