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  • Is euthanasia ethical?
  • Is "terminal sedation" slow euthanasia?
  • Should euthanasia be a personal decision  or should it be regulated by the government?
  • Will legalized euthanasia lead to a rise in involuntary cases?
  • What burdens does a terminal illness place on families?
  • Would improved pain management techniques reduce requests for assisted suicides?
  • Is terminal care bankrupting the health care system?
  • Can medical technology prolong life past the point at which life can be considered worth living?
  • Who should make decisions about terminally ill patients—the patient, the doctor, or the family?
  • Research specific legal cases of euthanasia such as Karen Quinlan (1976-1985), Nancy Cruzan (1990), Terri Schiavo (2005) or the work of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
  • Research Oregon's Death with Dignity Act.

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