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Is the Right to Die Going the Way of the Right to Choose?

Under the wide and starry sky,

Dig the grave and let me die.

Glad did I live and gladly die,

 And I laid me down with a will.

   —Robert Louis Stevenson, Requiem

When it comes to the right to die in the face of terminal illness, Congress has previously deferred to the states. Indeed, the liberty to relinquish life has thus far garnered limited congressional attention. Whether or not this will continue is uncertain.

After all, the right to die is closely aligned with the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy, wherein the sanctity of life features just as prominently. Both constitute leading moral issues of our time, comprising 2 sides of the same proverbial coin.

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