•  
  •  
 

Abstract

As the law developed in the states, the Supreme Court of the United States, in its 1990 opinion in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, determined that there exists a right to terminate life-sustaining medical treatment under the United States Constitution. As a result of the decision, new uncertainties have been infused into the state legislative and judicial responses to the issue. After examining the Cruzan decision below, I probe the constitutional legitimacy and the prudence of the Supreme Court's role in decisions relating to the termination of life-sustaining medical treatment. I conclude that the Court in Cruzan, though exercising some self-restraint, has improperly usurped powers relegated to the states and has thereby perilously interfered with the development of sensitive state law.

Share

COinS
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.