Washington Post (07/07/97) P. A19
The Supreme Court may have voted against permitting doctor-
assisted suicide for dying patients, but eventually the
practice will become legal because dying patients need that
choice, writes Marcia Angell, executive editor of the New
England Journal of Medicine, in the Washington Post.
According to Angell, compassionate physicians already help
dying patients to end their lives by turning off life
supports, giving large amounts of morphine, or over-
prescribing sleeping pills. Their actions, however, are kept
secret and unpredictable. The U.S. Supreme Court was wrong,
Angell concludes, to deny dying patients some choice in the
manner of their death.