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Introduction

Assisted suicide is a contentious and highly debated issue in the United States. It is a practice where a medical practitioner provides an individual with the means to end their own life, usually through lethal drugs. The legality of assisted suicide varies widely across different US states; while it is legal in ten states and Washington D.C., there are active death-with-dignity laws in seven of those states that enable terminally ill patients to access such services under regulated circumstances. In nearly all cases, two doctors must provide written certification saying that the patient has less than six months to live, has made an informed decision to die, and is mentally competent. Opponents of assisted suicide argue that it goes against religious beliefs or professional medical codes of ethics, while proponents assert that it is necessary for terminally ill patients who are suffering from intolerable pain or loss of autonomy and dignity. Despite this debate, current polls show that most Americans support the right to end their lives with assistance when facing terminal illness or intractable pain.

StateAssisted Suicide PermissionSuicide Rate
AlabamaNo16 per 100k
AlaskaNo27.5 per 100k
ArizonaNo17.6 per 100k
ArkansasNo19 per 100k
ConnecticutNo9.3 per 100k
DelawareNo12.3 per 100k
FloridaNo13.2 per 100k
GeorgiaNo13.7 per 100k
IdahoNo23.2 per 100k
IllinoisNo10.5 per 100k
IndianaNo15 per 100k
IowaNo18 per 100k
KansasNo18.4 per 100k
KentuckyNo17.7 per 100k
LouisianaNo13.7 per 100k
MarylandNo9.2 per 100k
MassachusettsNo8.4 per 100k
MichiganNo14 per 100k
MinnesotaNo13.1 per 100k
MississippiNo13.9 per 100k
MissouriNo18.2 per 100k
NebraskaNo14.9 per 100k
NevadaNo18.2 per 100k
New HampshireNo16.4 per 100k
New YorkNo8 per 100k
North CarolinaNo13.2 per 100k
North DakotaNo18.2 per 100k
OhioNo13.8 per 100k
OklahomaNo21.9 per 100k
PennsylvaniaNo12.6 per 100k
Rhode IslandNo8.5 per 100k
South CarolinaNo16.3 per 100k
South DakotaNo21 per 100k
TennesseeNo17.2 per 100k
TexasNo13.3 per 100k
UtahNo20.8 per 100k
VirginiaNo13.5 per 100k
West VirginiaNo19.4 per 100k
WisconsinNo14.5 per 100k
WyomingNo30.5 per 100k
CaliforniaYes10 per 100k
ColoradoYes21.5 per 100k
District of ColumbiaYes
HawaiiYes12.9 per 100k
MaineYes16.4 per 100k
MontanaYes26.1 per 100k
New JerseyYes7.1 per 100k
New MexicoYes24.2 per 100k
OregonYes18.3 per 100k
VermontYes18.1 per 100k
WashingtonYes15.2 per 100k

Assisted Suicide Permission by State

Alabama

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No

16 per 100k

↓ 1.84%

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Ranked in the US

#25

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Alaska

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No

27.5 per 100k

↓ 3.51%

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Ranked in the US

#2

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Arizona

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No

17.6 per 100k

↓ 5.88%

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Ranked in the US

#20

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Arkansas

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No

19 per 100k

↑ 5.56%

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Ranked in the US

#11

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California

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Yes

10 per 100k

↓ 6.54%

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Ranked in the US

#44

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Colorado

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Yes

21.5 per 100k

↓ 2.71%

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Ranked in the US

#7

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Connecticut

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No

9.3 per 100k

↓ 18.42%

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Ranked in the US

#45

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Delaware

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No

12.3 per 100k

↑ 8.85%

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Ranked in the US

#42

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District of Columbia

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Yes

Florida

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No

13.2 per 100k

↓ 8.97%

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Ranked in the US

#37

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Georgia

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No

13.7 per 100k

↓ 6.16%

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Ranked in the US

#33

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Hawaii

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Yes

12.9 per 100k

↓ 16.77%

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Ranked in the US

#40

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Idaho

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No

23.2 per 100k

↑ 13.73%

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Ranked in the US

#5

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Illinois

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No

10.5 per 100k

↓ 3.67%

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Ranked in the US

#43

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Indiana

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No

15 per 100k

↑ 5.63%

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Ranked in the US

#27

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Iowa

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No

18 per 100k

↑ 7.78%

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Ranked in the US

#18

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Kansas

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No

18.4 per 100k

↑ 1.1%

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Ranked in the US

#12

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Kentucky

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No

17.7 per 100k

↑ 7.27%

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Ranked in the US

#19

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Louisiana

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No

13.7 per 100k

↓ 8.67%

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Ranked in the US

#34

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Maine

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Yes

16.4 per 100k

↓ 15.46%

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Ranked in the US

#22

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Maryland

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No

9.2 per 100k

↓ 10.68%

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Ranked in the US

#46

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Massachusetts

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No

8.4 per 100k

↓ 3.45%

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Ranked in the US

#48

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Michigan

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No

14 per 100k

↓ 2.1%

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Ranked in the US

#30

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Minnesota

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No

13.1 per 100k

↓ 9.03%

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Ranked in the US

#39

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Mississippi

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No

13.9 per 100k

↓ 3.47%

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Ranked in the US

#31

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Missouri

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No

18.2 per 100k

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Ranked in the US

#14

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Montana

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Yes

26.1 per 100k

↓ 0.38%

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Ranked in the US

#3

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Nebraska

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No

14.9 per 100k

↓ 7.45%

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Ranked in the US

#28

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Nevada

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No

18.2 per 100k

↓ 8.08%

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Ranked in the US

#15

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New Hampshire

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No

16.4 per 100k

↓ 6.29%

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Ranked in the US

#23

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New Jersey

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Yes

7.1 per 100k

↓ 11.25%

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Ranked in the US

#50

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New Mexico

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Yes

24.2 per 100k

↑ 0.83%

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Ranked in the US

#4

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New York

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No

8 per 100k

↓ 3.61%

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Ranked in the US

#49

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North Carolina

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No

13.2 per 100k

↑ 5.6%

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Ranked in the US

#38

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North Dakota

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No

18.2 per 100k

↑ 0.55%

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Ranked in the US

#16

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Ohio

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No

13.8 per 100k

↓ 8.61%

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Ranked in the US

#32

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Oklahoma

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No

21.9 per 100k

↑ 6.83%

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Ranked in the US

#6

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Oregon

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Yes

18.3 per 100k

↓ 10.29%

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Ranked in the US

#13

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Pennsylvania

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No

12.6 per 100k

↓ 10.64%

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Ranked in the US

#41

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Rhode Island

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No

8.5 per 100k

↓ 20.56%

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Ranked in the US

#47

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South Carolina

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No

16.3 per 100k

↑ 0.62%

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Ranked in the US

#24

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South Dakota

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No

21 per 100k

↑ 0.48%

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Ranked in the US

#8

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Tennessee

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No

17.2 per 100k

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Ranked in the US

#21

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Texas

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No

13.3 per 100k

↓ 0.75%

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Ranked in the US

#36

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Utah

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No

20.8 per 100k

↓ 1.89%

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Ranked in the US

#9

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Vermont

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Yes

18.1 per 100k

↑ 13.13%

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Ranked in the US

#17

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Virginia

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No

13.5 per 100k

↑ 5.47%

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Ranked in the US

#35

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Washington

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Yes

15.2 per 100k

↓ 4.4%

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Ranked in the US

#26

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West Virginia

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No

19.4 per 100k

↑ 4.86%

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Ranked in the US

#10

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Wisconsin

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No

14.5 per 100k

↑ 3.57%

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Ranked in the US

#29

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Wyoming

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No

30.5 per 100k

↑ 4.1%

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Ranked in the US

#1

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