5/18 Assisted suicide in Minnesota - how slippery is the slope?

May 18, 2015

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Assisted suicide is against the law in Minnesota.

You can't advise, encourage or help someone take their own life here.

For years, the conversation - and controversy - has swirled around cases where someone who is already dying or in chronic pain wants to end their own suffering ... cases where, you might argue, someone is trying to compassionately help another end their pain or die with dignity.

But what about cases where that advice is, perhaps, being offered over social media, by someone trying to bully someone else into killing themselves?

Shane Courtland is the director of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy here at UMD and he joins us to start unpacking the idea of assisted suicide.