In 1971, a unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court declared; "[T]here is no constitutional right to choose to die."' Less than five years later, however, the same court held that such a right indeed exists, and although it is not absolute in every case, it is entitled to constitutional protection and can be exercised on behalf of an unconscious or otherwise incompetent patient.
Freamon, Bernard K. and Mehling, Linda
"A Review of the Right to Die for Terminally Ill Patients,"
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