4 judgments found.

The Queen v. Ministry of Justice

Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2013
Court: Court of Appeal, Queen’s Bench Division
Citation: [2013] EWCA Civ 961
Health Topics: Disabilities, Health care and health services
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to life, Right to privacy
Facts:

Martin suffered a stroke in 2008 leaving him unable to move or speak. He was completely dependent on his family and spent almost all of his time in bed. The effects of his stroke were permanent. Because of his disabilities, he was not able to take his own life. He had attempted to end his …Read more

Tags: Assisted suicide, Criminalization, Disabled, Handicapped, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Informed choice, Palliative care, Patient choice, Physically challenged, Suicide
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Haas v. Switzerland

Country: Switzerland
Year: 2011
Court: The European Court of Human Rights
Citation: [2011] ECHR 2422
Health Topics: Health care and health services, Medicines, Mental health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to health
Facts:

The applicant suffered from a serious bipolar disorder and wished to commit suicide and requested a lethal dose of sodium pentobarbital, which is available only on prescription, from several psychiatrists but was unsuccessful. The applicant then contacted various official bodies seeking permission to obtain the substance from a pharmacy without a prescription. The Federal Office …Read more

Tags: Access to drugs, Access to medicines, Access to treatment, Assisted suicide, Bipolar, Harm reduction, Mental disorder, Mental illness, Metal competence, Pharmaceuticals, Suicide
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Vacco v. Quill

Country: United States
Year: 1997
Court: Supreme Court
Citation: 521 U.S. 793 (1997)
Health Topics: Informed consent
Human Rights: Freedom from discrimination, Right to liberty and security of person
Facts:

Respondents, physicians operating in New York and gravelly-ill patients (who had died prior to the appeal), asserted that, though it was consistent with the standards of medical practice to “prescribe lethal medication for ‘mentally competent, terminally ill patients’ who are suffering great pain and desire a doctor’s help in taking their own lives, they [were] …Read more

Tags: Assisted suicide, Informed choice, Non-consensual testing and treatment, Patient choice, Unauthorized treatment
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Washington v. Glucksberg

Country: United States
Year: 1997
Court: Supreme Court
Citation: 521 U.S. 702 (1997)
Health Topics: Controlled substances, Health care and health services, Informed consent, Mental health
Human Rights: Right to bodily integrity, Right to liberty and security of person, Right to life, Right to privacy
Facts:

Under the Wash. Rev. Code §9A36.060 (1) it was a crime to cause or aid another person to commit suicide. In 1996, a lower court struck down this law on the basis it violated an individual’s constitutionally protected right to choose the time and manner of death. The petitioners, the State of Washington and its …Read more

Tags: Assisted suicide, Criminalization, Health care professionals, Health care workers, Informed choice, Palliative care, Patient choice, Suicide
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