Assisted Suicide Permission

Assisted suicide is a medical procedure often an option for patients with debilitating diseases who either cannot afford to continue treatment or when there is no cure for what ails them. Assisted suicide is the act of providing the patient with the means to voluntarily end their own life. It is often confused with euthanasia, which is the act of actively helping the patient end their life, usually by lethal injection. Medically Assisted Suicide is a controversial topic, as the ethical dilemma of taking a life is at odds with the Hippocratic oath. The Hippocratic oath is taken by all medical professionals, who swear to inflict no harm. As such, the act of medically assisted suicide can be seen a violation of this oath, notwithstanding the ethical dilemmas of euthanasia itself. 

Assisted suicide is legal only within a few states in the U.S, as most of the country still has laws against it. There has been significant opposition from the Supreme Court in its implementation; In a landmark case (Glucksburg vs Washington) in 1994, after several appeals, the Supreme court ruled in 1997 that Assisted Suicide would remain illegal in the U.S. However, they also added that it would be the prerogative of the state legislatures to legalize it within their states. Currently, assisted suicide is only legal in nine states, and in one of them (Montana) it is legal by court ruling alone. The procedure for assisted suicide in these states is for the patient to make two oral requests, followed by one written request before the suicide can be authorized. 

If you want to learn more about assisted suicide, please refer to the data in the charts. 

Assisted Suicide Permission by State

Alabama

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16

#22 in the US

Alaska

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No

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27.5

#2 in the US

Arizona

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17.6

#19 in the US

Arkansas

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No

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19

#10 in the US

California

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Yes

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10

#43 in the US

Colorado

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Yes

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21.5

#6 in the US

Connecticut

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No

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9.3

#45 in the US

Delaware

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12.3

#40 in the US

District of Columbia

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Florida

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13.2

#31 in the US

Georgia

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No

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13.7

#32 in the US

Hawaii

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12.9

#41 in the US

Idaho

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No

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23.2

#5 in the US

Illinois

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10.5

#44 in the US

Indiana

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No

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15

#26 in the US

Iowa

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No

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18

#12 in the US

Kansas

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18.4

#13 in the US

Kentucky

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No

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17.7

#20 in the US

Louisiana

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13.7

#33 in the US

Maine

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16.4

#23 in the US

Maryland

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No

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9.2

#46 in the US

Massachusetts

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No

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8.4

#47 in the US

Michigan

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No

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14

#28 in the US

Minnesota

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13.1

#34 in the US

Mississippi

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13.9

#35 in the US

Missouri

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18.2

#14 in the US

Montana

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Yes

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26.1

#3 in the US

Nebraska

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14.9

#29 in the US

Nevada

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No

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18.2

#15 in the US

New Hampshire

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No

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16.4

#24 in the US

New Jersey

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Yes

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7.1

#50 in the US

New Mexico

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Yes

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24.2

#4 in the US

New York

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No

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8

#48 in the US

North Carolina

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13.2

#36 in the US

North Dakota

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18.2

#16 in the US

Ohio

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13.8

#37 in the US

Oklahoma

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21.9

#7 in the US

Oregon

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18.3

#17 in the US

Pennsylvania

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12.6

#42 in the US

Rhode Island

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8.5

#49 in the US

South Carolina

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16.3

#25 in the US

South Dakota

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21

#8 in the US

Tennessee

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17.2

#21 in the US

Texas

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13.3

#38 in the US

Utah

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20.8

#9 in the US

Vermont

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Yes

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18.1

#18 in the US

Virginia

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13.5

#39 in the US

Washington

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15.2

#27 in the US

West Virginia

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19.4

#11 in the US

Wisconsin

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14.5

#30 in the US

Wyoming

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30.5

#1 in the US

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