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The criminality of physician-assisted suicide is premised on an illusory notion of a

united homogenous community founded on "acceptable" forms of death. Liberal
communities are built on the desire to survive, allowing the sovereign to legally kill
at will in "times of war" in order to secure this sacred community.
Hanafin 9
(Hanafin, Patrick, University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Law, "Rights of
passage: law and thebiopolitics of dying" Deleuze and Law: Forensic Futures.
ying, KB)
A 'STRANGE KIND OF PROSOPOPOEIA' 2 The liberal social compact is built on the
, p. 179). In this model the individual's plea goes unheard.
The community formed by these decisions has made death control the norm the
clear and convincing standard and the justification for the unqualified interest in life
ensures the violent expulsion of those who "burden" or "plague" the community
McDorman 5
Todd F. McDorman, Associate Professor in the Rhetoric Department at Wabash College,
"Controlling Death: Bio-Power and the Right-to-Die Controversy" Communication and
Critical/Cultural Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2005, pp. 257/279, KB
Implications of State Control over Life Thus far, this critical rhetoric has traced the
and recognizes the immense power currently residing in authorities external to the body.
The criminalization of PAS is justified by the supposed necessity of letting nature
take its course, establishing natural death as the only good death this elusive
notion of "natural death" legitimates gendered, ableist, and heteronormative forms
of violence
Smith 8
Steven D. Smith, Law prof, "De-Moralized: Glucksberg in the Malaise" Michigan Law
Review, Vol. 106, No. 8, Symposium on Glucksberg and Quill at Ten: Death, Dying, and
the Constitution (Jun., 2008), pp. 1571-1591, KB
We might begin by noticing a slightly different formulation that continually pops up in
Judge Reinhardt opined, because "death does not come too early."43
The will to abolish all deaths that are not "natural" renders live valueless as life and
death is never one's own choice, but instead they live or die according to a social
Tierney 97
THOMAS F. TIERNEY, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, College of
Wooster, "Death, Medicine and the Right to Die: An Engagement with Heidegger,
Bauman, and Baudrillard" Body & Society 1997 3: 51, KB
Aside from shedding critical light on Heidegger and some of his eminent pre- decessors
and only if the law and medicine permit. (1993: 174)
There exists two fundamental communities: the living and the dead and the dying
the attempt to secure a community from the excess of death is part and parcel with
the sustainment of life as natural, biological existence and death as the ultimate end.
This initial split formed the basis for all exclusion, making war, genocide, and
discrimination both inevitable and omnipresent vote aff to break the system's
control on exchange between life and death
Robinson '12
Andrew, Political Theorist, Activist Based in the UK and research fellow affiliated to the
Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ), University of Nottingham, "Jean
Baudrillard: The Rise of Capitalism & the Exclusion of Death", March
Symbolic exchange or rather, its suppression plays a central role in the
-assisted suicide within the generative context of a symbolic reorientation of death.
Affirming physician assisted suicide is an act of subversion which undermines
biopolitical control over life and death.
Hanafin 3
(Patrick Hanafin, University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Law, "Surviving Law:
Death Community Culture" 2003, (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 28),
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.97-115, KB)
LAW AND VITAL POLITICS Today, according to Nikolas Rose, vital politics is no
, 1993, p. 175). One such subversive act is suicide.
Our advocacy constructs a moment interruption exposing the law's ability to control
death, rupturing the smooth functions of the sovereign through dissent
Hanafin 4
Hanafin, Patrick, University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Law, "The Writer's
Refusal and Law's Malady" JOURNAL OF LAW AND SOCIETY, VOLUME 31, NUMBER 1,
MARCH 2004, KB
The reductive violence of legal discourse is all too manifest here. The law wants
in his very persistence disturbs, makes ill, literally, the law.
Legalization of PAS via the aff's dissent is critical to rupturing sovereign control and
rethinking our relationship toward death
Hanafin 3
(Patrick Hanafin, University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Law, "Surviving Law:
Death Community Culture" 2003, (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 28),
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.97-115, KB)
BEYOND THE LAW? The individual who goes before the law to seek assistance in
the limit to arise" (Foucault, 1977a. p. 35).
Our affirmation is a means to study the law this act unmasks legal violence and
renders the law inoperative
Snoek '12
(Anke, PhD in Philosophy Department @ Macquarie U., Agamben's Joyful Kafka)
According to Agamben, study is an important strategy for living outside the law and
but to free them from it for good. (SE, 64)