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PUBLIC LAW 109-000—MMMM. DD, 2005

119 STAT. 16

PUBLIC LAW 109–3—MAR. 21, 2005 SEC. 5. NO CHANGE OF SUBSTANTIVE RIGHTS.

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to create substantive rights not otherwise secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States or of the several States. SEC. 6. NO EFFECT ON ASSISTING SUICIDE.

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to confer additional jurisdiction on any court to consider any claim related— (1) to assisting suicide, or (2) a State law regarding assisting suicide. SEC. 7. NO PRECEDENT FOR FUTURE LEGISLATION.

Nothing in this Act shall constitute a precedent with respect to future legislation, including the provision of private relief bills. SEC. 8. NO AFFECT ON THE PATIENT SELF-DETERMINATION ACT OF 1990.

Nothing in this Act shall affect the rights of any person under the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990. SEC. 9. SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.

It is the Sense of Congress that the 109th Congress should consider policies regarding the status and legal rights of incapacitated individuals who are incapable of making decisions concerning the provision, withholding, or withdrawal of foods, fluid, or medical care. Approved March 21, 2005.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—S. 686: CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 151 (2005): Mar. 20, considered and passed Senate and House.

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