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Washington v. Glucksberg

Significance, Washington Law Challenged, Jack Kevorkian, Further Readings


State of Washington


Harold Glucksberg

Petitioner's Claim

That Washington's ban on assisting or aiding a suicide does not violate the Due Process Clause of the Constitution.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

William L. Williams, Senior Assistant Attorney General of Washington

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Kathryn L. Tucker

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

26 June 1997


That Washington's ban on assisted suicide does not violate the constitutional rights of terminally ill patients.

Related Cases

  • Moore v. East Cleveland, 431 U.S. 494 (1977).
  • Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, 497 U.S. 261 (1990).


Cheyfitz, Kirk. "He Breaks His Own Rules: Kevorkian Rushes to Fulfill His Clients' Desire to Die." Detroit Free Press, 3 March 1997.

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