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assisted suicide:

see euthanasiaeuthanasia
, either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. The term comes from the Greek expression for "good death.
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April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As assisted suicide failed to pass in state legislatures across the country this year, a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus found that a majority of Americans do not support assisted suicide and that strong majorities harbor deep concerns over such proposals.
After years of focus group-tested blather from the political wing of the euthanasia movement claiming that legalizing assisted suicide would be strictly limited to the terminally ill, we finally have a clearer picture of where the right-to-die crowd wishes to take America.
By adding assisted suicide to the suite of treatment options available, it becomes the cheapest option available and makes it easier for implicit and explicit pressure to be levied on the most vulnerable.
In a 2002 speech in Oregon, Scalia addressed the issue of assisted suicide and seemed to make it clear that he regarded the assisted suicide law as an issue of states' rights - and one he had no desire to see come before the high court.
Essentially, these proposals would eliminate current laws banning assisted suicide and create procedures, protocols, and safeguards to regulate its careful application to certain qualified, terminally ill people.
Furthermore, although a significant proportion of nonassisted suicides involve chronic or terminal illness, especially in those older than age 65, the available evidence does not support the conjecture that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to a reduction in nonassisted suicides.
Coalition coordinator Tim Rosales followed, "Throughout the country we have seen assisted suicide proposals begin with very high approval ratings only to go down to defeat.
Patients with low health insurance were denied cancer treatment and instead offered assisted suicide.
Oregon's death rate from legal assisted suicide is the equivalent of more than 1,000 cases a year in England and Wales.
The program, called "Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die" has caused a stir among critics who are saying the program "romanticized" assisted suicide.
Yet it is Kevorkian and his "suicide machine," not Oregon's law with its careful limitations, that became the dominant image of assisted suicide.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are the antithesis to what should be at the heart of human civilization: trust, respect, concern and solidarity, based on reverence for all human life," the archbishop wrote in a July 17 letter to his fellow Canadian prelates.

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