Washington Law Review


This Comment demonstrates that artificial nutrition and hydration are life-sustaining treatments which all patients have a right to forego under Washington's common law, state constitution, and NDA. Countervailing state interests do not compel a contrary result. Moreover, artificial nutrition and hydration do not require the preclusion of surrogate decisionmaking already recognized by Washington in the life-sustaining treatment context. However, since current judicial guidelines for surrogate-made decisions are inadequate, this Comment concludes by proposing substantive guidelines for such decisions.

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