Consensual Homicide Law and Legal Definition

Consensual homicide refers to an act where a victim wants to die with the aid of another person. It is a form of assisted suicide. Euthanasia is such a form of consensual homicide, where the patient requires doctor’s assistance for committing suicide. In the U.S., attempts to legalize consensual homicide have failed. But the State of Washington, Oregon, and Texas is an exception to this situation.

The Oregon Death with Dignity Act, of 1994 is an example of a statute that legalizes physician-assisted dying with certain restrictions, making Oregon the first U.S. state and one of the first jurisdictions in the world to officially do so.