Exploring the Potential for American Death Tourism
32 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2011 Last revised: 27 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 1, 2011
Whether the world will one day reach a consensus as to euthanasia and assisted suicide is anyone's guess. In the meantime, the legality of these procedures differs among jurisdictions, and as always some will be tempted to travel in search of that which they cannot get at home. But unlike other areas in which residents of one state or country can take advantage of another's liberality - laws on alcohol, marijuana, and gambling come to mind - the stakes and finality of end-of-life decisions make traveling to undergo life-ending procedures, or "death tourism," of unique concern to policymakers.
The United States, save for Oregon and Washington (and maybe Montana), has for the time being decided against legalizing life-ending procedures. As such, state and federal governments would probably take issue with Americans traveling to get help dying. In this Article, I explore the phenomenon of death tourism and how our governments might attempt to prevent its exploitation by Americans.
Keywords: euthanasia, assisted suicide, travel, death tourism
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