Advocates of physician-assisted suicide insist that terminally ill individuals should have the right to choose when to end their suffering. Opponents respond that if the practice becomes acceptable, society will pressure patients into choosing death instead of providing them with quality end-of-life care. This insightful anthology examines the debate over whether medical personnel should be involved in hastening the death of the terminally ill.
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PhysicianAssisted Suicide Is Not Ethical
Access to PhysicianAssisted Suicide Is an Unalienable Right
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