Yale Kamisar, JD, Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, in his chapter "The Rise and Fall of the 'Right' to Assisted Suicide" published in the 2002 book The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care, wrote:

“Although the right to terminate artificial life-support systems [passive euthanasia] and the right to enlist the assistance of another in committing suicide can be, and have been, lumped together under the rubric of ‘right to die,’ the two ‘rights’ are different in important respects. As the New York State Task Force on Life and Law noted, the so-called right to die should mean only, and until recently meant only, ‘a right against intrusion,’ a right to resist ‘a direct invasion of bodily integrity, and in some cases, the use of physical restraints, both of which are flatly inconsistent with society’s basic conception of personal dignity.’ To be sure, a total prohibition against assisted suicide does close an ‘avenue of escape,’ but, unlike a refusal to honor a competent patient’s request to terminate life-sustaining treatment, it does not force one into ‘a particular, all-consuming, totally dependent and indeed rigidly standardized life: the life of one confined to a hospital bed, attached to medical machinery, and tended to by medical professionals.'”