Assisted Suicide Activists Twist Court Rulings to Push Their Agenda
Two of the countryâs premier suicide âaid in dyingâ pushersâBarbara Coombs Lee and Kathryn Tuckerâclaim 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 Yorkâs law outlawing assisted suicide on behalf of assisted suicide doctor Timothy Quill, along with another case seeking to invalidate Washingtonâs law against assisted suicide (Washington v. Glucksberg).
Tuckerâs goal was to obtain an assisted suicide Roe v. Wade. She failed utterly, with two 9-0 decisionsârare unanimity in the Supremes.
Of particular interest to this post, Vacco v. Quill rejected Tuckerâs argument that refusing unwanted life-sustaining medical treatment is the same thing as assisted suicide, even though such...