Assisted Suicide Largely Shunned
The majority of dying patients would not choose physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia to end their lives, a new study has found.
About one of ten patients who were terminally ill said they seriously considered using euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide. Fewer than 6 percent said they had seriously discussed either measure for themselves or hoarded drugs with the intent of committing suicide.
One patient in the study made an unsuccessful suicide attempt and another died as a result of one of the measures. The study said a physician-assisted suicide occurs when patients end their lives with the help of a doctor; euthanasia was defined as another person ending a …
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Publication information: Article title: Assisted Suicide Largely Shunned. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The Christian Century. Volume: 117. Issue: 34 Publication date: December 6, 2000. Page number: 1267. © 2009 The Christian Century Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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