doctor-assisted suicide


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doctor-assisted suicide

noun active euthanaaia, euthanasia, medically assisted suicide, mercy killing, physician-assisted suicide
Associated concepts: passive euthanasia
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The ailing who don't want doctor-assisted suicide are free to end their lives any way they choose.
While doctor-assisted suicide is legal in Belgium, the case of the deaf twins is unique because it marks the first euthanization for a non-lethal condition, according to ABC News.
In addition, support for doctor-assisted suicide climbed to 64 percent in 2006 from 58 percent in 2005.
Dr Michael Irwin, of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, said he wanted doctor-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia made legal in Britain.
The line between doctor-assisted suicide and physician-administered voluntary euthanasia is a fine one that is often blurred.
So the sorts of circumstances that really generate a need or relevancy or even a discussion of doctor-assisted suicide or euthanasia have gotten less and less.
In 2009, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that doctor-assisted suicide did not go against state laws or precedents, but there is not an official Death with Dignity law in the state.
By contrast, doctor-assisted suicide is highly controversial, as are gay relations, abortion, and having children out of wedlock.
This November, the citizens of Washington State will vote on a ballot initiative to legalize doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients.
Among them have been the Catholic Church, which campaigned against the 1994 doctor-assisted suicide measure, a California-based gaming company that pushed for the creation in 1984 of the state lottery, and the petroleum companies that fought the 1968 measure authorizing the state's acquisition of ocean beaches.
During Tuesday's debate, Levine and co-author Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Santa Rosa, said doctor-assisted suicide would allow Californians with terminal illnesses to avoid pain and die with dignity.