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self-administered lethal injection without fear ofprosecutionhttpwwwrightsorg deathnetopenhtml On January31 1997 a Judge ruled that Charles Hall couldtake his own life with the aid of a doctor Senior Judge S JosephDavis brought in from Seminole County found thatFloridas strict privacy law and the equal protection clause in theUS Constitution entitled Hall 35 and Dr McIverto carry out an assisted death without fear of prosecution Sun-Sentinel1A On February 11 1997 Charles Hallsruling was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court he no longer hasthe right to end his own life He will have towait until May 9 1997 until new arguments will be heard Hall whohas been deemed mentally competent contractedthe virus in 1981 through a blood transfusion Some of the complicationshe is encountering from the AIDS virus arearthritis hepatitis pneumonia and a brain cyst httpwwwrightsorgdeathnetopenhtml The Oregon Death withDignity Act allows terminally ill adults who are mentally competentto ask for a prescription for medication for thepurpose of ending his or her life in a humane and dignified mannerhttpwwwrightsorgdeathnetopenhtml Thisact Measure 16 was approved by the voters in 1994 Renewed effortsat the Legislative level to overturnMeasure 16 may now be anticipated to prevent the law from being usedhttpwwwrightsorgdeathnetopenhtml In June 1990 the Supreme Court decided that the parents of32 year old Nancy Beth Cruzan who had beenin a car accident and in what Doctors called a vegetative state forseven years could not end her treatment Later thatsame year a Missouri Court ruled that the feeding tube could be removedafter evidence that Cruzan would wish toterminate the treatment was proven Nancy Beth Cruzan died twelvedays laterDeath and Dying26The First Amendment gives one the right to demand the correction ofan injustice Would one not consider a terminalillness an injustice Charles Hall contracted this deadly disease froma blood transfusion not from shooting drugs orhaving unprotected sex So wouldnt Hall be entitled to have this injusticecorrected The Fourteenth Amendmentgives one the right to life liberty or property without due processof law However
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