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Death with Dignity Legislation

Health care professionals are trained to “first do no harm.” In end-of-life treatment, that simple directive can be difficult to interpret. A growing movement to provide patients help in dying has been termed “death with dignity” and “assisted suicide.” Federal law does not address euthanasia and mercy killings in terminal patients; the right of a patient to obtain a prescription to terminate life is established by state law. This map explores which states have enacted death with dignity legislation, which outlaw physician-assisted suicide, which make the practice criminal and which are considering changes to current state policy legalizing the practice under certain circumstances.


Dataset Details Supporting Documents
Created by Elizabeth Ann Glass Geltman, JD, LLM and the Center for Public Health Law Research Data
Valid through June 30, 2016 Codebook
Jurisdictions: 50 states and the District of Columbia Protocol