assisted death


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assisted death

a form of euthanasia in which an individual expressing a wish to die prematurely is helped to accomplish that goal by another person, either by counseling and/or by providing a poison or other lethal instrument. The assisted death may be regarded as a homicide or suicide by local authorities, and the person giving assistance may be held responsible for the death. See also assisted suicide.

assisted death

Help that enables a person who wants to die to do so. The help may be counseling or providing the physical means or instruments that allow the person to commit suicide. The legal and ethical questions concerning such acts, esp. if the assisting person is a health care professional, are topics of active debate.
See: assisted suicide; euthanasia
See also: death
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There were many other stories that affected the public perception of assisted death, although perhaps there is no single figure, like Henry Morgentaler, who dominated this struggle to correct an unjust law.
In this landmark judgment, the Court held that the ban on assisted death is not meant to preserve life at all costs.
With better end of life care overall, perhaps the need for assisted death will be less.
The English actor shared his family experiences and that of a female friend that have prompted him to support the campaign that everyone must have a choice to have an assisted death and that it ‘should be a right'.
Supporters of the guidelines must be fully aware it is now a short step to the law introducing the conditions for assisted death now these new guidelines have been set out, and that is the most frightening element.
Still, when all is said and done, the topic of the book is important and, so far at least, the issue of medically assisted death has not found a consistent and universally accepted (or acceptable) answer.
First, in light of all of the other non-textual rights protected by the Supreme Court under the "liberty" of the Due Process Clause, is the right to assisted death a fundamental right?
The Register Guard's absurd and unsubstantiated statement that 'physician assisted death .
These programmes swung me towards assisted death in rare instances.
Abandoning restrictions commonly found in contemporary proposals for reform (76-84)--including "terminal illness" and "unbearable suffering"--Downie argues that any voluntary request for assisted death made by a competent individual should be honoured (12).
With half-brother Sam (James Hooton) facing arrest over the assisted death of his terminally-ill wife, Cain steps in to take the blame.
She rests her case for a permissive regime with respect to voluntary assisted death primarily on the weight given to respect for autonomy (control over one's own life and body) by the common law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.