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State Code Section Mercy Killing Condoned Operative Facts
ALABAMA 22-8A-10; 22-8A-9(a) Euthanasia not condoned or authorized nor is allowed any affirmative act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures in accordance with chapter 22-8A shall not constitute assisting suicide.
ALASKA 18.12.080(a) and (f) Euthanasia or mercy killing not condoned, authorized, or approved by Alaska law. Withholding or withdrawing any life-sustaining procedures under an order, protocol, or a declaration does not constitute a suicide or homicide
ARIZONA 36-3201, et seq. (Chapter 32) Euthanasia, suicide, or assisted suicide is not authorized, or approved by Arizona law. Authorized surrogate or health care provider complying with provisions of chapter are immune from liability.
ARKANSAS 20-17-210(a), (g) Euthanasia or mercy killing not condoned, authorized, or approved by Arkansas law. Death resulting from withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment pursuant to declaration and in accordance with this section does not constitute suicide or homicide.
CALIFORNIA Probate §4653 Nothing condones, authorizes, or approves mercy killing or permits an affirmative act or omission to end life other than the withholding of health care pursuant to a durable power of attorney so as to permit the natural process of dying. In making health care decisions under a durable power of attorney, an attempted suicide shall not be construed to indicate a decision of the principal that health care treatment be restricted or inhibited. Death resulting from withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in accordance with the Natural Death Act does not constitute for any purposes suicide or homicide.
COLORADO 15-14-504; 15-18-111, 112 Nothing condones, authorizes, or approves euthanasia or mercy killing or shall be construed as permitting any affirmative or deliberate act to end a person's life except to permit natural death. Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining procedures pursuant to a declaration or the law shall not constitute a suicide or homicide.
CONNECTICUT No statutory provisions    
DELAWARE 16 §2512 Nothing in this act condones, authorizes, or approves of mercy killing; permits any affirmative act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying Neither execution of declaration nor fact that maintenance medical treatment is withheld from patient in accordance with the declaration shall constitute suicide.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 7-630; 21-2212; 7-628 Euthanasia not condoned, authorized, or approved nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end a human life other than to permit the natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining procedures in accordance with the Natural Death chapter shall not constitute the crime of assisting suicide.
FLORIDA 765.309 Nothing construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying. The withdrawing of life-prolonging procedures from a patient in accordance with any provision of this chapter does not for any purpose constitute a suicide.

Table 37b: Right to Die: Euthanasia—Continued

State Code Section Mercy Killing Condoned Operative Facts
GEORGIA 31-32-9; 31-32-11 Mercy killing is not condoned, authorized, or approved nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission permitted to end life other than to permit the process of dying. The making of a living will pursuant to this chapter shall not for any purpose constitute a suicide.
HAWAII 327E-13 Mercy killing or euthanasia not condoned, authorized, or approved by Hawaii law. Death resulting from withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining procedures does not constitute suicide. Execution of declaration does not constitute attempted suicide
IDAHO 56-1022 Does not make legal or condone mercy killing, euthanasia, or assisted suicide  
ILLINOIS 755 ILCS 35/9 and 45/4-8e Nothing in this Act shall be construed to condone mercy killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawal of death delaying procedures from a qualified patient or in accordance with terms of this Act or a health care agency shall not constitute suicide or homicide or murder.
INDIANA 16-36-1-13, 16-36-4-19 Euthanasia not condoned or authorized by Indiana law. This chapter does not authorize euthanasia or any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying, including the withholding or withdrawing of life prolonging procedures under this chapter  
IOWA 144A.11.6 and 144B.12 This chapter should not be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia or any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying. Death resulting from withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures pursuant to a declaration and in accordance with this chapter does not, for any purpose, constitute a suicide or homicide
KANSAS 65-28,108; 65-28,109 Nothing in this act shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying. Acting in accordance with the Natural Death Act shall not for any purpose constitute a suicide or the crime of assisting suicide.
KENTUCKY 311.637 and 311.639 Nothing shall be construed to condone mercy killing or euthanasia or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end life other than to permit natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawal of life prolonging treatment or artificially provided nutrition and hydration shall not constitute suicide.
LOUISIANA 40:1299.58.10(A), (B)(1) Nothing in this section shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying. The withholding of life-sustaining procedures in accordance with this part shall not for any purpose constitute suicide.

Table 37b: Right to Die: Euthanasia—Continued

State Code Section Mercy Killing Condoned Operative Facts
MAINE 18A §5-813 (c) This part does not authorize mercy killing, assisted suicide, euthanasia or the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of health care to the extent prohibited by other statutes of this state. (b) Death resulting from the withholding or withdrawal of health care in accordance with this part does not constitute a suicide or homicide.
MARYLAND Health-Gen. §§5-611 and 5-614 Nothing in this subtitle should be construed to condone, authorize, or approve of mercy killing or euthanasia or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying. Withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining procedures in accordance with this subtitle shall not for any purpose be considered to be a suicide.
MASSACHUSETTS Ch. 201D §12 Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to constitute, condone, authorize, or approve suicide or mercy killing or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act to end one's own life other than to permit the natural process of dying.  
MICHIGAN 333.5660 Designation of a patient advocate shall not be construed to condone, allow, permit, authorize, or approve suicide or homicide.  
MINNESOTA 145B.14; 145C:14 Euthanasia, mercy killing, suicide, or assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized or approved by Minnesota law.  
MISSISSIPPI 41-41-227 This act does not authorize mercy killing, assisted suicide, or euthanasia. The act does not authorize the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of health-care to the extent prohibited by other statutes.
MISSOURI 404.845; 459.055 Euthanasia or mercy killing is not condoned or authorized by Missouri law, nor does it permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to shorten or end life. When patient's death results from withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in accordance with a durable power of attorney, the death shall not constitute a suicide or homicide for any purpose.
MONTANA 50-9-205; 50-10-104 Montana's Right of the Terminally Ill Act does not condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia. Death resulting from the withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures pursuant to a valid DNR order is not, for any purpose, suicide or homicide.
NEBRASKA 20-412; 28-307; 30-3401 This Act does not confer any new rights regarding provision or rejection of specific medical care and does not alter laws regarding homicide, suicide, or assisted suicide. Nor does it approve, authorize, or condone homicide, suicide, or assisted suicide. Assisting suicide is a Class IV felony. Death from withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in accordance with this Act shall not constitute, for any purpose, homicide or suicide

Table 37b: Right to Die: Euthanasia—Continued

State Code Section Mercy Killing Condoned Operative Facts
NEVADA 449.650; 449.670 Euthanasia or mercy killing not condoned or authorized or approved by Nevada law. Death resulting from withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in accordance with Nevada law does not for any purpose constitute suicide or homicide.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 137-H:10, 13 Euthanasia, mercy killing, or assisted suicide are not condoned or authorized by New Hampshire law. Nor does New Hampshire law permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying of those in a terminal or permanently unconscious condition. Withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining procedures from a patient according to living will or consistent with 137-H:3 shall not be construed as suicide for any legal purpose.
NEW JERSEY 26:2H-77; 26:2H-54 No one has the right to or is authorized to practice active euthanasia. Withholding or withdrawing of life-sustaining treatment pursuant to an advanced directive for health care when performed in good faith shall not constitute homicide, suicide, assisted suicide, or active euthanasia.
NEW MEXICO 24-7A-13 Uniform Health Care Decisions Act does not authorize mercy killing, assisted suicide, euthanasia, or the provision, withholding or withdrawal of health care to the extent prohibited by other statutes Withholding of medical treatment pursuant to Right to Die Act shall not for any purpose constitute suicide.
NEW YORK Pub. Health Law §2989 Statute not intended to promote or permit suicide, assisted suicide, or euthanasia; nor to be construed to permit agent to consent to any act or omission to which the principal could not consent under law.  
NORTH CAROLINA 90-320(b); §32A-24 Provisions in the act do not authorize any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit natural process of dying. Withholding life support is not considered suicide or cause of death for civil or criminal purposes.
NORTH DAKOTA 23-06.4-01 and 11; 23-06.5-01 Euthanasia, mercy killing, or assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized by North Dakota law, nor is any other act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying. Death resulting from withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment does not constitute for any purpose, suicide or homicide.
OHIO 2133.12(A), (D) Euthanasia, mercy killing, or assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized by Ohio law. Death of any patient resulting from withholding life-sustaining treatment does not constitute suicide, murder or any homicide offense for any purpose.
OKLAHOMA Tit. 63 §§3101.2, 3101.12 Euthanasia, mercy killing, or assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized by Oklahoma law. Death from withdrawing life-sustaining treatment shall not constitute homicide or suicide.
OREGON 127.570 & 127.800 Nothing in statute is intended to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or permit affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life, other than to allow the natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures or artificially administered nutrition and hydration does not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, homicide, or mercy killing.

Table 37b: Right to Die: Euthanasia—Continued

State Code Section Mercy Killing Condoned Operative Facts
PENNSYLVANIA 20 §5402; §5410 Mercy killing, euthanasia, aided suicide is not condoned, authorized, or approved; nor is any affirmative or deliberate act to end life other than defined by this Act. Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in accordance with this chapter shall not constitute suicide or homicide.
RHODE ISLAND 23-4.10-9; 23-4.11-10 Euthanasia or mercy killing is not condoned or authorized by Rhode Island law. Death resulting from withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining procedures does not constitute suicide or homicide.
SOUTH CAROLINA 44-77-110, 130 Euthanasia or mercy killing is not condoned or authorized by South Carolina law, nor is any act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying. Effectuation of health care power of attorney or execution of declaration does not constitute suicide for any purpose.
SOUTH DAKOTA 34-12D-14, 20 Euthanasia, mercy killing, or assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized by South Dakota law. Death by withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment does not constitute suicide or homicide.
TENNESSEE 32-11-110; 39-13-216 Assisted suicide is a class D felony. Withdrawal or withholding of medical care in accordance with provisions of this Act does not constitute suicide, euthanasia, or homicide.
TEXAS Health & Safety 166.45-51 Mercy killing or euthanasia is not condoned or authorized by Texas law, nor is any act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying. Withdrawal or withholding of life-sustaining procedures does not constitute offense of Aiding Suicide
UTAH 75-2-1116, 1118 Euthanasia, mercy killing, or suicide is not condoned or authorized by Utah law. Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures does not constitute suicide or assisting suicide
VERMONT Tit. 18, §5260   Acting pursuant to terminal care document in withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from patient is not suicide.
VIRGINIA §§54.1-2990, 2991 Mercy killing or euthanasia is not condoned, approved, or authorized by Virginia law, nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying permitted. Acting in accordance with Health Care Decisions Act in withholding or withdrawing life-prolonging procedures does not constitute suicide.
WASHINGTON 70.122.100 and .070 Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is not condoned or authorized by Washington law, nor is any act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment shall not constitute suicide or homicide
WEST VIRGINIA 16-30-15 Euthanasia or mercy killing is not condoned or authorized by West Virginia law, nor is any act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying.  

Table 37b: Right to Die: Euthanasia—Continued

State Code Section Mercy Killing Condoned Operative Facts
WISCONSIN 154.11; 155.70 Euthanasia is not condoned or authorized by Wisconsin law, nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures or feeding tubes does not constitute suicide. Execution of declaration does not constitute attempted suicide.
WYOMING 35-22-108, 109 & 3-5-211 Euthanasia or mercy killing is not condoned or authorized by Wyoming law, nor is any affirmative or deliberate act or omission other than to allow the natural process of dying. Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining procedures from a qualified patient in accordance with this chapter does not constitute a crime.
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about 4 years ago

Euthanasia, suicide, or assisted suicide is not authorized, or approved by law.



nothing should be allowed

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over 2 years ago

Euthanasia is just a big word for 'holocaust', killing people to 'put them outta their misry' when they might be perfectly happy. No one deserves to be killed, not even in their final days, it's like kicking a dog while it's down just to finish it. Why on earth would you want to be responsible for it, and even go through with assisted suicide? It's just not right. Why do you want to die like your pet did when you were 12 years old? We do that to our pets because they do not deserve the pain at all,because they are some of the most innocent and lovable creatures on earth. Besides, if Euthanasia was perfectly legal, some sick demonic people are going to decide to put into motion the next T4 movement.

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about 4 years ago

uh... this information is wrong, washington and oregon both have legalized physician assisted suicide, there have been a documented 480 cases of this is in oregon http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/pas/ar-index.shtml

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about 4 years ago

Yo, seriously...if some old person wants to die, then they should have the right, since when does telling someone they arent allowed to chose life or death? That's not very free, what a joke these laws can even be considered real.

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almost 4 years ago

Have you ever had to sit by the bed side of a dieing person? If you have, you would quickly come to believe that we should have the choice! Right now, in Texas, all you can do is refuse treatment. So instead of getting a shot the put you out of your misery you can be doped up on morphine while you slowly starve to death... There is nothing humane about that... well expect for the fact that you don't feel much pain. The fact is we are more humane to our pets then to our loved ones!

Here's some good info on euthanasia;

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=cmed6&part=A19408

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about 4 years ago

Are you retarded?? Obama didn't put these laws in affect! and since when is Anti-Euthanasia laws a Socialistic manner? Really think before you post...

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about 4 years ago

We all have rights! It's sad to think our government makes the choices whether people suffer or can go out of the world in comfort. Our legal system is a joke. And pretty much becoming like a socialist government. We our loosing more rights everyday! Thanks Obama!! Euthanasia should be a personal choice if their is no other way to see people suffer is awful. I am a nurse and have seen people suffer way to much. If our animal is suffer we take them to the vet and he puts them down with an injection. Don't we have the right to freemdom of choice also?

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about 3 years ago

I agree. Thank you, deb.

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about 3 years ago

Jerry: Yes i have had to sit by a dieing person, and i tell you what, it is the most horrifing thing you can imagine.

Lady socialist: ARE YOU RETARDED? YOU really need to think before YOU post. NO Obama didn't put these laws into effect. That is NOT what that nurse was saying. SHE said OBAMA is ruining OUR country by taking away OUR rights. I too am a NURSE, and very well educated. I follow this countries PLEAS for help, and I believe Euthanasia should be each of our RIGHT. Everyone will one day die, what is the harm in a dieing person saying, NO MORE OF THIS CRAP! I am TIRED and WANT to be in PEACE!!! SUICIDE because of a sweetheart breakup is outright a form of selfishness, but a person with terminal cancer should not have to suffer months on end to get to the same result. IF you think about it, most that know they are terminal start making peace with themselves and family. When they arrive at inner peace they say goodbye and give up life, So why is it up to people like you to say that a terminal person can not say NO MORE and end it when they want?

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over 3 years ago

It upsets me to think that our government would get involved with something so personal but what really gets me even more upset than that is people who blame our President for things that were a problem and an issue before he became President. If you knew anything you would be smart enough to look at his position on euthanasia before saying he is the reason this country is the way it is. Former President Bush didn't do great things for this country in fact he destroyed it and its up to our new president to clean up and 8 year mess!!!!!!

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over 3 years ago

GAYYYYYY!

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almost 3 years ago

of course ct is the only place that has no law about this!!! (i love there too!!!)

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over 2 years ago

I agree with blunt, it's just a continuation of Hitler's legacy. Besides, killing a human being goes against the commandments of GOD! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! geez, how can you go kill all the people you want and not have a guilty consience about it? *hello, were here to kill you, and since your'e our 100th customer today, we'll give you a discount*, who can do that!?