Deciding Death: New York state is the latest train wreck for doctor-aided death

The latest locomotive of so-called constitutional inevitability, physician-assisted suicide, has been derailed at least temporarily in the last two state supreme court decisions addressing that asserted “fundamental right.” This month, the New York Court of Appeals – New York’s high court – unanimously rejected an effort by activists to impose the practice there by judicial fiat. That decision from New York echoes a similar 2016 ruling by New Mexico’s Supreme Court that no “fundamental right to die” exists. The results in these two cases have certainly dealt a serious strategic setback to death-by-doctor efforts nationally, but the reasons the courts have given for refusing to accept doctor-aided death after having closely examined the arguments have been even more telling.

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