Physician Assisted Suicide

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A term referring to any form of facilitation by a doctor of the dying process in which a patient with a terminal illness is provided with passive, or, less commonly, active assistance in in ending his/her life
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Physician-assisted dying has become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Oct.
The developments are the latest in a renewed debate about the legality and ethics of physician-assisted dying.
2) A team from the University of Auckland's School of Medicine is now undertaking research to explore nurses' and doctors' attitudes towards the potential legalising of physician-assisted dying in New Zealand.
While the decision of Canada's Supreme Court to strike down the ban on physician-assisted dying has elicited a whole spectrum of responses from Anglicans across Canada, chaplains and ministers who work closely with the dying have taken a pragmatic approach to the ruling.
The goal of physician-assisted dying legislation must be to get it right.
6, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that physician-assisted dying is constitutional, and that denying a person this choice violates section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the section that discusses a citizen's right to life, liberty and security.
The court explicitly stated, "We make no pronouncement on other situations where physician-assisted dying may be sought.
In New Mexico, a judges ruling last year legalizes physician-assisted dying, but that ruling only applies to one county and the decision is currently being appealed.
Kevorkian wasn't still making house calls and wondering if we might move to Oregon (where physician-assisted dying is legal),'' he said.
com/content/33/10/591) study conducted on the impact of legal physician-assisted dying on vulnerable patient groups in the Netherlands and Oregon , Margaret Pabst Battin and others found:
The Canadian panel therefore concluded that there is strong evidence to rebut one of the greatest fears that opponents of voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted dying often voice -- that it is the first step down a slippery slope toward more widespread medical killing.
If I am right, then with the exception of hospices that do not participate in physician-assisted dying, for which the point is moot, patients who enroll in hospices will not have to die the right kind of death so as to avoid dying alone.

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