Right to Die States

Euthanasia, or assisted suicide, is when a physician induces death at the behest of the patient. The federal government does not have any assisted suicide laws. However, states are still able to pass laws that make assisted suicide legal or illegal.

In states that do not permit assisted suicide, it is made illegal in one of two ways. The first is by a statute passed by the legislature making assisted suicide a crime. The other is for a court to interpret existing homicide laws to include assisted suicide. 

While assisted suicide does not have any other requirements, most states, when drafting legislation, only permit assisted suicide in the terminally ill. This often requires a diagnosis for a terminal illness where the patient will likely die within a certain period of time.

Learn for yourself which are right to die states by scrolling the charts.

Death With Dignity Law by State

Alabama - Death With Dignity Law

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#22 in the US

Alaska - Death With Dignity Law

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27.5

#2 in the US

Arizona - Death With Dignity Law

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17.6

#19 in the US

Arkansas - Death With Dignity Law

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19

#10 in the US

California - Death With Dignity Law

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10

#43 in the US

Colorado - Death With Dignity Law

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#6 in the US

Connecticut - Death With Dignity Law

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#45 in the US

Delaware - Death With Dignity Law

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#40 in the US

District of Columbia - Death With Dignity Law

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Florida - Death With Dignity Law

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13.2

#31 in the US

Georgia - Death With Dignity Law

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13.7

#32 in the US

Hawaii - Death With Dignity Law

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12.9

#41 in the US

Idaho - Death With Dignity Law

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23.2

#5 in the US

Illinois - Death With Dignity Law

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10.5

#44 in the US

Indiana - Death With Dignity Law

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15

#26 in the US

Iowa - Death With Dignity Law

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18

#12 in the US

Kansas - Death With Dignity Law

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18.4

#13 in the US

Kentucky - Death With Dignity Law

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17.7

#20 in the US

Louisiana - Death With Dignity Law

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13.7

#33 in the US

Maine - Death With Dignity Law

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16.4

#23 in the US

Maryland - Death With Dignity Law

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#46 in the US

Massachusetts - Death With Dignity Law

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#47 in the US

Michigan - Death With Dignity Law

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#28 in the US

Minnesota - Death With Dignity Law

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#34 in the US

Mississippi - Death With Dignity Law

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13.9

#35 in the US

Missouri - Death With Dignity Law

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18.2

#14 in the US

Montana - Death With Dignity Law

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26.1

#3 in the US

Nebraska - Death With Dignity Law

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14.9

#29 in the US

Nevada - Death With Dignity Law

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18.2

#15 in the US

New Hampshire - Death With Dignity Law

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16.4

#24 in the US

New Jersey - Death With Dignity Law

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#50 in the US

New Mexico - Death With Dignity Law

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24.2

#4 in the US

New York - Death With Dignity Law

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#48 in the US

North Carolina - Death With Dignity Law

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#36 in the US

North Dakota - Death With Dignity Law

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18.2

#16 in the US

Ohio - Death With Dignity Law

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13.8

#37 in the US

Oklahoma - Death With Dignity Law

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21.9

#7 in the US

Oregon - Death With Dignity Law

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18.3

#17 in the US

Pennsylvania - Death With Dignity Law

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12.6

#42 in the US

Rhode Island - Death With Dignity Law

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8.5

#49 in the US

South Carolina - Death With Dignity Law

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16.3

#25 in the US

South Dakota - Death With Dignity Law

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#8 in the US

Tennessee - Death With Dignity Law

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17.2

#21 in the US

Texas - Death With Dignity Law

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13.3

#38 in the US

Utah - Death With Dignity Law

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20.8

#9 in the US

Vermont - Death With Dignity Law

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18.1

#18 in the US

Virginia - Death With Dignity Law

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13.5

#39 in the US

Washington - Death With Dignity Law

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15.2

#27 in the US

West Virginia - Death With Dignity Law

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#11 in the US

Wisconsin - Death With Dignity Law

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14.5

#30 in the US

Wyoming - Death With Dignity Law

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30.5

#1 in the US