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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(1) During the time this study was conducted, doctor-assisted suicide was at the forefront of news programs, newspapers, and public discussion in Michigan, where the study was conducted.
Although the terms 'doctor-assisted suicide' and 'doctor-assisted death' seem to be used interchangeably, for instance the Netherlands Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act [32] does not distinguish between voluntary active euthanasia and assisted suicide.
By religion or faith, 80 per cent of Christians were found supportive of doctor-assisted suicide. Surprisingly, 83 percent of Catholics also favour the measure.
She was particularly upset because the letter of denial said that doctor-assisted suicide would be covered.
Seventy-one percent of Catholics said they support a doctor ending a patient's life by painless means, and 62 percent said they support doctor-assisted suicide. Fewer Protestants support the practices--61 and 50 percent, respectively.
Today, there is much talk about doctor-assisted suicide. It is practised in some parts of the world as a legal option for those who are terminally ill and for whom no medication appears to provide relief.
Doctor-assisted suicide has also been legal in the US state of Oregon since 1997.
In Oregon, where I live, the issue of doctor-assisted suicide continues to be a heated topic of political debate.
It struck down New York's law against doctor-assisted suicide on the theory that it unfairly discriminates among dying persons.
The line between doctor-assisted suicide and physician-administered voluntary euthanasia is a fine one that is often blurred.
The court in the Stransham-Ford case followed a recent Canadian Supreme Court decsion [9] that granted a similar application for doctor-assisted suicide.