Last updated on: 6/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Each of us should have the right to die in a humane and dignified manner… The exercise of this right is as central to personal autonomy and bodily integrity as rights safeguarded by this Court’s decisions relating to marriage, family relationships, procreation, contraception, child rearing and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment…

There is nothing new about the desire of terminally ill patient to end their suffering by hastening their death… Developments in modern health care have simply brought into the open a previously private [sic] that society has long condoned.”

“High Court Rejects Constitutional Right To Doctor-Assisted Suicide,” www.aclu.org, June 26, 1997

Description:

“The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Our job is to conserve America’s original civic values: the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”

www.aclu.org (accessed June 2, 2006)

Mission:

“The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.”

www.aclu.org (accessed June 2, 2006)

Other:
None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Have Been Involved in Terri Schiavo's End-of-Life Decisions?
  2. Should Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Have Been Removed?