Since the 1999 second-degree murder conviction of Jack Kevorkian, MD, the Michigan pathologist known as “Dr. Death,” the assisted-suicide debate has shifted from criminal trials to whether doctor-aided deaths should be legally allowed.
Assisted suicide is now legal in Oregon, Washington and Montana. Meanwhile, Hawaii, New Hampshire and New Mexico are considering “death with dignity” legislation.
The late February arrests of four people for their alleged involvement in the helium-induced suicide of a Georgia man could hinder passage of physician-assisted suicide laws.
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