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AIDS Action disappointed by Supreme Court decision against assisted suicide

"People should be allowed to die with dignity," Zingale says

June 26, 1997

AIDS Action is deeply disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today against physician assisted suicide. Essentially, the Supreme Court has ruled against empowering people with terminal diseases, including HIV disease, to exercise their fundamental right to make individual decisions about how they live with their disease, including their right to freely choose in a dignified and humane way the manner and time of their death. AIDS Action believes that the federal government should not interfere with an individual's exercise of the fundamental right to make his or her own decisions about life and death, decisions that should be made with the assistance of their physicians and other health care professionals.

AIDS Action is the nation's foremost AIDS advocacy organization, representing all Americans affected by HIV and AIDS, and over 1,400 community-based organizations that serve them.

For information, contact:
José Zuñiga
AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, extension 3042
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)

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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.
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