Brought to the headlines by Dr. Jack Kevorkian, assisted suicide should not be confused with euthanasia. In assisted suicide a physician, or other party, provides a terminally ill patient with the means to take his or her own life. In contrast, euthanasia involves the physician’s administering the lethal drug. The ethical, moral, and legal aspects of assisted suicide are being debated in the courts, the press, schools, and homes across the country.
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