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Washington v. Glucksberg (1997)

The Court ruled that there was no right to assisted suicide, and Washington’s law making physician-assisted suicide a felony was constitutional. “The asserted ‘right’ to assistance in committing suicide is not a fundamental liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause.” The Court also held that bans on helping people kill themselves were “longstanding expressions of the States’ commitment to the protection and preservation of all human life.”

The case touched on constitutional principles including natural rights, limits on rights, personal liberty, and the place of law in American society.