Many believe that the right to die is a recently developed notion; however, the concept is deeply rooted in European and American history. The right to die is ingrained through three-main strands: “the right to control one’s own body, the right to privacy, and the due process liberty interest.” American courts have used these three strands to shape the law to adapt (or not adapt) to the right of terminal individuals to choose when they die.
"Dignity in Death: Why the Fundamental Right of the Individual to Choose Their Final Moments Outweighs the Government’s Societal Interests to Preserve Life,"
University of Baltimore Law Review: Vol. 49:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.law.ubalt.edu/ublr/vol49/iss2/2