Ends and means

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June 9, 2011
by Jacob Sullum  
Posted in Commentary

"Suicide assistance is so well established as the province of state-licensed physicians that the FBI is investigating Sharlotte Hydorn for selling 'adulterated and misbranded medical devices' .... Contrary to the common-sense understanding of fraud, the problem with Hydorn's kits, from the government's perspective, is that they work as advertised. That might be OK for a properly vetted, legally approved suicide authorized by medical professionals, but not for the do-it-yourself variety that Hydorn facilitated. If the government allowed that sort of thing, people might start to get the idea that they have a right to control their own lives." (06/08/11)



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