William Burke, MD, PhD, Professor at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, in a Jan. 4, 2007 email to, stated:

“In many states it is now legal to euthanize disabled persons by starvation and dehydration without any evidence of their wishes based on the ‘best interest’ form of substituted judgement… In my view this is not only murder it is torturing a person to death. Why do state and Federal law allow this barbaric behaviour?”

Jan. 4, 2007