The Constitution and Hastening Inevitable Death


  • Robert A. Sedler

    Professor of Law
    1. Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, and a volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Michigan.
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The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment protects the right of terminally ill persons to hasten their inevitable death. In prohibiting physicians from prescribing lethal medications by which such patients might hasten death, Michigan's ban on “assisted suicide” unconstitutionally imposes an “undue burden” on the exercise of that right.