New York State Task Force on Life and the Law
UB Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in
Health Care

When Death is Sought

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context

Supplement to Report
April 1997

In May 1994, the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law published a 217 page report titled "When Death Is Sought: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context". The report was subsequently made available electronically on the NYS Department of Health Web site.

In January 1997, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases challenging the constitutionality of laws that make assisted suicide illegal in all cases. The decisions in these cases from the 2nd and 9th Circuit Courts prompted the Task Force to publish a supplement to the original report specifically addressing some of the issues raised in those cases.

Thanks to Carl Coleman JD, and the Task Force for making this supplement available to us. Thanks to Cameron Freer for the web graphics for this report.


Comments and questions about this report should be addressed to: Carl Coleman JD, Executive Director, New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.
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