Someone Else Can Administer The Lethal Assisted Suicide Dose To The Patient

Margaret Dore

The South Dakota measure allows someone else, such as a doctor or family member, to administer the lethal dose to a patient. This is true for three reasons:

1. The Measure Merely Says That the Patient “May” Self-Administer the Lethal Dose

The measure says that a patient may self-administer the lethal dose.[1] There is no language that administration “must” be by self-administration.[2]

2. Generally Accepted Medical Practice Allows Someone Else to Administer Medication to a Patient

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