Honing the Emerging Right to Stop Eating and Drinking

6 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2016

Date Written: November 15, 2016


Some medical patients facing fatal or serious degenerative conditions seek to hasten their demise by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED). This short piece explains why and when there is a "right" to follow that fatal course despite lurking overtones of suicide. The piece also compares the status of stricken medical patients with that of otherwise healthy people who undertake a terminal fasting process.

Keywords: VSED, suicide, hungerstrike

Suggested Citation

Cantor, Norman L., Honing the Emerging Right to Stop Eating and Drinking (November 15, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877130 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2877130

Norman L. Cantor (Contact Author)

Rutgers University School of Law ( email )

Newark, NJ
United States
201-653-4547 (Phone)

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