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Pennsylvania Euthanasia Laws

Euthanasia can be a controversial issue. It is often referred to as a "mercy killing," and constitutes the taking of another's life who is terminally ill or otherwise ready to die. Only a couple of states allow physician-assisted suicide, but most states allow the withdrawal of life support machinery like respirators or feeding tubes. Pennsylvania's euthanasia laws allow for this type of withholding of life-sustaining treatments without the fear of homicide charges.

Learn more about Pennsylvania euthanasia laws and related matters below. See FindLaw's Patient Rights section for related articles.

Code Section 20 §5402; §5410
Euthanasia Condoned in Statutes? Mercy killing, euthanasia, aided suicide is not condoned, authorized, or approved; nor is any affirmative or deliberate act to end life other than defined by this Act.
Effect of Withholding of Life-Sustaining Procedures Withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in accordance with this chapter shall not constitute suicide or homicide.

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

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