Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics

Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

Since its inception, National Right to Life has been equally concerned with protecting the elderly and people with disabilities from euthanasia as with protecting the unborn from abortion. We recognize that involuntary denial of lifesaving medical treatment is a form of involuntary euthanasia, and therefore have opposed government rationing of health care.

Changing sentiment across the national landscape, in the meantime, has pushed the topic of medically assisted dying to the forefront. Oregon became the first state, in 1994, to legalize medically assisted death. Since then, nine states and Washington, D.C., have passed similar laws allowing what advocates call “medical aid in dying” by means of prescription life-ending drugs.

States where medically assisted dying is legal or being considered