Correction to story on Minnesota Supreme Court upholding the state’s ban on assisting suicide

  By Dave Andrusko On Wednesday, we ran a story about a 4-1 decision from the Minnesota Supreme Court which upheld the state’s law against assisting suicide (“Minnesota Supreme Court upholds law against assisting suicide–strikes “advises, encourages”). The story stated that individuals associated with the “Final Exit” network who had been present at suicides in …

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Minnesota Supreme Court upholds law against assisting suicide–strikes “advises, encourages”

  In State of Minnesota v. Melchert-Dinkel, the Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld the state’s law against assisting suicide. In a 4-1 decision, the justices noted that the statute “proscribes speech or conduct that provides another person with what is needed for the person to commit suicide” including “speech instructing another on suicide methods,” although …

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New Hampshire Rejects Assisting Suicide as Vermonters Mount Campaign to Reverse Their State’s Law Legalizing It

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On March 6, 2014, the New Hampshire House of Representatives resoundingly rejected bills that would have legalized assisting suicide. The most prominent of these, HB1325, was defeated with 66 votes in favor and 219 against. New Hampshire, along with other New England states, continues …

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New Mexico Court Ruling on Assisting Suicide Endangers the Vulnerable

  By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics On Monday, Judge Nan G. Nash of the Second District Court in Albuquerque struck the decades-old New Mexico law which protected the state’s citizens from assisted suicide. Ruling in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of New Mexico and Compassion & Choices, Judge Nash …

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New Mexico Court Ruling on Assisting Suicide Endangers the Vulnerable

  WASHINGTON – Last night, Judge Nan G. Nash of the Second District Court in Albuquerque struck the decades-old New Mexico law which protected the state’s citizens from assisted suicide, claiming that killing a terminally ill patient with that person’s consent is a fundamental right under the state constitution. “Although the Second District Court decision …

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Minnesota Supreme Court accepts appeal from man convicted of encouraging two people to kill themselves

By Dave Andrusko The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a request to hear an appeal from William Melchert-Dinkel, who was convicted in 2011 of using the Internet to encourage two people to kill themselves. Oral arguments have not yet been scheduled for the ex-nurse whom a Rice County District judge found guilty of advising and …

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