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.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Over the past 15 years, the highest percentage of Americans saying doctor-assisted suicide is morally acceptable occurred in 2015, at 56%.
An experimenter then explained that based on a pretest, it was clear that both individuals had opposing views on doctor-assisted suicide. The dyad was then asked to discuss their views on doctor-assisted suicide for up to twenty minutes.
Doctor-assisted suicide is when a patient is given the drugs by a doctor and takes the drug themselves.
--David Prueitt, upon waking from a coma after an attempt at doctor-assisted suicide in accordance with Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.
Oregon is the only state with legalized doctor-assisted suicide, but other states are considering similar measures.
In a final step that legitimized a practice that has been going on in the country for more than 20 years, the Dutch Parliament has voted to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. Derek Humphry, president of the Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization (ERGO!) in Oregon and founder of the Hemlock Society, said in an interview that the practice has been permitted in the Netherlands for decades, but technically doctors were still "acting criminally." Legalization of doctor-assisted suicide removes the "criminal" element and fear of prosecution.
Most Canadians -- 76% -- think people have the right to doctor-assisted suicide.
Studies of legally tolerated euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in the Netherlands are complex and tentative, but they should be sobering to Americans eager to see their nation follow suit.
Doctors are aware that they need to be able to communicate with non-doctors, the report said, especially in light of public interest in such issues as health care feform, doctor-assisted suicide, abortion, HIV/AIDS and ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, such as low-fat diets and exercise.
Americans are split on three issues in the "contentious" category: medical testing on animals, doctor-assisted suicide and abortion.
In order to decide whether doctor-assisted suicide and voluntary doctor-assisted death can be legally justified in terms of the Constitution, [7] and in terms of the biomedical ethical principles [2] in the context of the Stransham-Ford case, it is necessary to consider:
To the Editor: Following the Stransham-Ford case in the Pretoria High Court, the South African Medical Association (SAMA) has stated clearly that it does not support the right to die in law, and opposes euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in line with the Health Professions Council of South Africa's policies and the World Medical Association's guidelines and codes on the subject.