Assisted suicide: Definition of "self-administer"?

Posted December 4, 2017 10:08 pm by Alex Schadenberg

Assisted suicide: Definition of "self-administer"?

Margaret DoreBy Margaret Dore, Esq.Is Self-Administration Enforceable? Victoria Australia’s deceptively named Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill uses the term, “self-administer,” at least 30 times.[1] Indeed, self-administration of the lethal dose was a major selling point of the bill, to convince the public and Parliament that patients would be in control.But, the term is not defined.When a term is not defined, a court or other interpretative body will often look at how the term is used in other jurisdictions.In the US, Washington State’s similar law also uses self-administer, which is defined as the “act of ingesting.” Washington’s law states: “Self-administer” means a qualified

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