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Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

Medical Aid in Dying: When Legal Safeguards Become Burdensome Obstacles

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In 2017, the District of Columbia (DC) became the seventh jurisdiction in the United States to legalize medical aid in dying,  which gives terminally ill patients the option of how and when they die. The new DC statute is nearly identical to earlier enacted medical aid in dying statutes in California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington State.  Only Montana legalized medical aid in dying through a court decision, but subsequently, proponents of the act have failed in every attempt to legalize medical aid in dying through constitutional or statutory litigation.

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