Five Hawaii doctors offer assisted-suicide to terminally ill patients

A group of Hawaii doctors is offering to write prescriptions for terminally ill patients in order to test whether physician-assisted suicide is permitted under state law, American Medical News reports. Unlike Oregon and Washington, the 2 US states in which writing such a prescription is expressly allowed and regulated, Hawaii has no law which permits physician-assisted suicide. Furthermore, Hawaii Attorney General David M. Louie issued an opinion in December 2011 saying that doctors who write prescriptions with the intention of causing death could be charged with manslaughter.

However, the legal situation is… MORE




 
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