Assisted Suicide Activists Twist Court Rulings to Push Their Agenda
Two of the countryâ€™s premier suicide â€śaid in dyingâ€ť pushersâ€“Barbara Coombs Lee and Kathryn Tuckerâ€“claim in an article that a Supreme Court case to constitutionalize assisted suicide which Tucker lost unanimously, actually created a constitutional right to take a lethal amount of drugs to alleviate suffering.
First some background: In 1997 Kathryn Tucker challenged New Yorkâ€™s law outlawing assisted suicide on behalf of assisted suicide doctor Timothy Quill, along with another case seeking to invalidate Washingtonâ€™s law against assisted suicide (Washington v. Glucksberg).
Tuckerâ€™s goal was to obtain an assisted suicide Roe v. Wade. She failed utterly, with two 9-0 decisionsâ€“rare unanimity in the Supremes.
Of particular interest to this post, Vacco v. Quill rejected Tuckerâ€™s argument that refusing unwanted life-sustaining medical treatment is the same thing as assisted suicide, even though such...