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Abstract

In this Introduction, the author discusses the recent Supreme Court decisions Washington v. Glucksberg and Vacco v. Quill. On one hand, several panel contributors hold the position that one should have the right to control one’s own death, which is rooted in autonomy, liberty, and equality. Scholarly voices on the other side of the debate, including four panel members, believe that the legalization of physician-assisted suicide would create intolerable risks, particularly to those in the community who are the most vulnerable: the poor, the elderly, and the mentally and physically disabled.

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