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Copyright (c) 1995 Fordham Law Review
Fordham Law Review

NOTE: ASSISTED SUICIDE, THE DUE PROCESS CLAUSE AND "FIDELITY IN TRANSLATION".

March, 1995

63 Fordham L. Rev. 1245

Author

WILLARD C. SHIH

Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

[T]he prospect of impossibility should not dissuade any scientist or doctor who is sincerely dedicated to the pursuit of empirical truth.

A prerequisite for that noble aim is the ideal of unfettered experimentation on human death under impeccably ethical conditions. [Physician-assisted suicide], as I have outlined it, comes closest to that ideal, now and for the foreseeable future. The practice should be legitimized and implemented as soon as possible; but that calls for the strident advocacy of influential personalities who, unfortunately, choose to remain silent or disinterested -- or simply antithetical. 1

Dr. Kevorkian authored this passage hoping that other physicians would read it and join his crusade supporting physician-assisted suicide. The mere mention of his name stirs up different images in people's minds. Some call him "Dr. Death," the man who provides the means for people to kill themselves. Others think of him as a good doctor, aiding those who believe that life has become too burdensome to live. But in a court of law, those who decide Dr. Kevorkian's ultimate fate must lay aside whatever moral predispositions they have towards this man or any of the many other physicians who practice assisted suicide. 2

Dr. Kevorkian's acts have attracted attention to the assisted suicide debate and have elevated the issue to the forefront of the public forum. Three courts have recently heard arguments regarding an individual's right to seek such help. The Michigan Supreme Court 3 and a federal district court in ...
 
 
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