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North Carolina Euthanasia Laws

Euthanasia, also called "mercy killing," is the act of helping someone who is either terminally ill or in a great deal of pain end their life. Only a couple of states allow doctor-assisted suicide, but other states allow patients to die naturally in accordance with their stated wishes (usually outlined in a living will). North Carolina euthanasia laws prohibit the practice of mercy killing, but allow for the withholding of artificial life support under certain conditions.

The main provisions of North Carolina euthanasia laws are listed below, with links to related articles and resources.

Code Section 90-320(b); §32A-24
Euthanasia Condoned in Statutes? Provisions in the act do not authorize any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit natural process of dying.
Effect of Withholding of Life-Sustaining Procedures Withholding life support is not considered suicide or cause of death for civil or criminal purposes.

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina health care attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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