Nightingale Alliance
Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Below, the Nightingale Alliance® is please to present the legal rulings and court cases from the U.S. nationally (federal); from the U.S. State-by-State and from international cases.

Law & Court Cases




Latimer v. Canada - article 77


Pretty v. Director of Public Prosecutions and Secretary of State for the Home Department - article 78

European Court of Human Rights

Pretty v. United Kingdom - article 79


U.S. Federal

Ashcroft Directive (PDF)

Ashcroft Directive Chronology - article 82

Ashcroft Directive Prohibiting the Use of Federally Controlled Substances for Assisted Suicide - article 80

Legal Briefs in Appeal of Gonzales v Oregon to the U.S. Supreme Court - article 213

Legal Briefs in Appeal of Oregon v. Ashcroft to U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit - article 84

Oregon v. Ashcroft (PDF)

The Assisted Suicide Funding Restriction Act of 1997 - article 85

The Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 - article 86

Transcript of Oral Arguments Before the U.S. Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Oregon (PDF)

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Gonzales v. Oregon (Including dissenting opinions) (PDF)


U.S. - State-by-State

Failed Attempts to Legalize Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide in the United States

Legal Status of Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia in the United States (PDF)


Sampson v. Alaska - article 88


Kirscher v. McIver - article 89


Michigan v Kevorkian - article 221


Baxter v Montana - article 222

New York

Vacco v. Quill - article 90


Gonzales v Oregon - article 223

Lee v. Oregon - article 91


Washington v. Glucksberg - article 93