By Henry Sumner Maine
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5 2 6 S u p r e m e C o u r t D r a m a The Court took the opportunity in Vacco v. Quill (1997) to explain further the difference between refusing life sustaining support and assisted-suicide. Va c c o v. Quill Dying in the State of New York In 1965 New York passed laws prohibiting assisted suicide. By the early 1990s, New York laws allowed physicians to withhold life-prolonging treatment to terminally ill patients who did not wish to receive it. This did not mean the state endorsed physician-assisted suicide, however.
S. Supreme Court and the Court agreed to hear the case. S u p r e m e C o u r t D r a m a 5 2 7 The Same or Different? THE RIGHT TO DIE AND ASSISTED SUICIDE Determining whether refusing life supporting medical care and physician assisted suicide are the same or different activities was the key point on which the case turned. Agreeing with the earlier district court decision, the Supreme Court ruled that New York’s assisted suicide ban did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Supreme Court. The Court agreed to hear the case. , a licensee in Hartford, Connecticut, sought permission to transfer its license under the distress-sale policy. After several attempts to transfer to minority-owned companies fell through, Faith Center finally sold its license to Astroline Communications Company, a minority-owned business. Shurberg Broadcasting was also seeking a license but because it was a non-minority business, Shurberg could not buy Faith Center’s license. Shurberg challenged the transfer to Astroline on several grounds including that the FCC’s distress-sale policy violated its constitutional right to equal protection.
Ancient Law-Its Connection with the Early History of Society by Henry Sumner Maine