The Right to Die
The right of privacy does not include the right to die even if is under any special circumstances where life of an individual is at risky and also not likely to regain health.
However it has been discussed in many states that usage of lethal drugs to end someone’s life would be morally wrong and even further is just like violating the laws of federal drug control. Further more as a doctor, who is deemed to be a healer, there is no right that supports him or her to assist suicide to any patient (Doer & Stevens, 1997). In addition the Supreme Court in 1997 found that there was no constitutional right that allowed for physician-assisted suicide to patients even if they were terminally ill.
The limitations that the Supreme Court has put regarding the right to die include; it does not allow for any one to accelerate her death as it is a violation of the privacy amendment (Greenhouse, 1989). The Supreme Court also considers ones life to be important and also does not allow for any person to mess with her personal life. The court even holds that the bill of right does not have constitutional right that allows one to murder him.
The government is much concerned with the issue of right to die since it is an issue that touches on the well being of its people and thus it has the responsibility do decide on legislations that ensures safety of its people (University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2010). Therefore, the government has legal responsibility to ensure the right to die is only carried out under properly structured legal framework. The government is much concerned about the lives of its citizens and has highly prohibit any acts that would endanger there lives.
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University of Missouri-Kansas City. (2010). The Right to Die. Retrieved July 6, 2010, from http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/righttodie.htm