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In the context of health care, physician-assisted suicidede notes an established process guided by strict legal requirements in which a terminally ill patient requests and receives lethal doses of medication. More generally, the term assisted suicide may refer to any circumstance in which a person intentionally provides someone with the means to end his or her life. The process of euthanasia requires active involvement in administering a life-ending intervention. While physician-assisted suicide is permitted in some US jurisdictions, euthanasia is considered a form of homicide and remains uniformly illegal in the United States. (Opposing Viewpoints)
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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.