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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Of the 16 issues tested in the poll for moral acceptability, doctor-assisted suicide ranks in the middle of the list, scoring similarly to gay and lesbian relations.
Kenneth Stevens, an oncologist and president of Physicians for Compassionate Care, which opposes doctor-assisted suicide, said the fact that the law is used so infrequently is "an indication it's not needed.
Euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide have recently been given a full hearing in our highest court and in the upper chamber of Parliament, and in, both cases, they were rejected.
Kenneth Stevens is a radiation oncologist in Portland and president of Physicians for Compassionate Care, which opposes doctor-assisted suicide.
That's why disability-rights groups have banded together to oppose doctor-assisted suicide.
The case stems from a directive Ashcroft issued in November 2001 that said doctor-assisted suicide isn't a "legitimate medical purpose" under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
The number of doctor-assisted suicides jumped to 38 last year, the highest annual total by far in the five years that Oregon's controversial, one-of-a-kind law has been on the books.
Meanwhile, the primary figure of the 1990s movement to gain legalization of doctor-assisted suicide, Jack Kevorkian, 76, remains in a Michigan prison serving a 25-year sentence for his conviction on second-degree murder charges.
6, finding that doctor-assisted suicide was not "a legitimate medical purpose" under federal drug laws.
At this point, the Davises began making final arrangements for doctor-assisted suicide.
California should enact a law permitting doctor-assisted suicide.
Rick Kincade is a Eugene family physician who opposes Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law.