doctor-assisted suicide


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doctor-assisted suicide

The cooperation of a medical practitioner in bringing about the voluntary death of a patient suffering from painful or distressing terminal illness. Polls of doctors have shown that at least half agree that doctor-assisted suicide should be legalized for carefully-selected cases.
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California should not enact a law permitting doctor-assisted suicide.
Doctor-assisted suicide is not quite active voluntary euthanasia for, unlike euthanasia, the final act, the one that brings on death, is performed by the patient herself, not her doctor.
The law does not equate to euthanasia -- or doctor-assisted suicide -- the group says, because of one important detail: The patient, who is already near death from natural causes, must be able to self-administer the drugs (usually barbiturates) that will end his or her life.
By contrast, views on doctor-assisted suicide, gay and lesbian relations, abortion, and having a baby outside of marriage are closely divided -- the percentage supporting and the percentage opposing are within 15 points of each other.
He referred, approvingly, to a recent book about physician-assisted suicide as presenting the case for doctor-assisted suicide "rationally and tenderly.
But doctors watchdog the British Medical Association said it still firmly opposed euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide.
Death" long before Kevorkian - convicted on Friday of second-degree murder in the death of a terminally ill 52-year-old man - earned that nickname as the United States' best-known activist for doctor-assisted suicide.
As on the issue of abortion, so also on doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia, there is no unanimity of opinion among Christians.
When asked if they would consider doctor-assisted suicide if terminally ill, nearly half (48 percent) responded with yes, 15 percent said no and 37 percent noted that it would depend on the circumstances.
For others, his work invited the insidious consequences of turning doctor-assisted suicide into a legally sanctioned medical treatment.
Only doctor-assisted suicide and abortion come close to it in splitting public opinion.