Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
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Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) contend that terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death. They argue that the right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.

Opponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. They argue there may be a "slippery slope" from euthanasia to murder, and that legalizing euthanasia will unfairly target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money.

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Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) contend that terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death. They argue that the right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.

Opponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. They argue there may be a "slippery slope" from euthanasia to murder, and that legalizing euthanasia will unfairly target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money.


[Editor's Note: We do not recommend or refer specific physicians, counselors, organizations, or other experts on end-of-life issues.] Euthanasia ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide and related end-of-life issues. Some people find our use of the phrase "physician-assisted suicide" inaccurate and inappropriate, and they suggest we use the phrase "physician aid in dying" instead. As of Nov. 5, 2014 Google showed 713,000 results for "physician assisted suicide" and 39,400 results for "physician aid in dying." In an effort to make our nonpartisan research accessible to the largest possible audience, we have used the more popular phrase "physician-assisted suicide." We do not mean to show support for or opposition to the practice by using the more common terminology.

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Oregon Death with Dignity Act
Dr. Kevorkian
Terri Schiavo
Futility Policies
Euthanasia in Practice
Physician Involvement in Euthanasia and PAS
American Healthcare System
Living Wills, Advance Directives, & Power of Attorney
Palliative Care
"Slippery Slope" Argument
Doctrine of Double Effect
Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
Infants & the Groningen Protocol
Special Groups
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5/1/2015 - South African High Court Allows Assisted Suicide for Terminally Ill Man - On Apr. 30, 2015 the High Court in Pretoria granted Robin Stransham-Ford the right to have a doctor help him end his life. Physician-assisted suicide remains illegal in South Africa as the ruling applied only to Mr. Stransham-Ford.

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Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?



euthanasia
Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) contend that terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death. They argue that the right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.

Opponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. They argue there may be a "slippery slope" from euthanasia to murder, and that legalizing euthanasia will unfairly target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money.

Core Question
Top 10 Pros & Cons
Did You Know?
Historical Timeline
Comments

Proponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) contend that terminally ill people should have the right to end their suffering with a quick, dignified, and compassionate death. They argue that the right to die is protected by the same constitutional safeguards that guarantee such rights as marriage, procreation, and the refusal or termination of life-saving medical treatment.

Opponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide contend that doctors have a moral responsibility to keep their patients alive as reflected by the Hippocratic Oath. They argue there may be a "slippery slope" from euthanasia to murder, and that legalizing euthanasia will unfairly target the poor and disabled and create incentives for insurance companies to terminate lives in order to save money.


[Editor's Note: We do not recommend or refer specific physicians, counselors, organizations, or other experts on end-of-life issues.] Euthanasia ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements on questions about euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide and related end-of-life issues. Some people find our use of the phrase "physician-assisted suicide" inaccurate and inappropriate, and they suggest we use the phrase "physician aid in dying" instead. As of Nov. 5, 2014 Google showed 713,000 results for "physician assisted suicide" and 39,400 results for "physician aid in dying." In an effort to make our nonpartisan research accessible to the largest possible audience, we have used the more popular phrase "physician-assisted suicide." We do not mean to show support for or opposition to the practice by using the more common terminology.

Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
Definitions
Moral Differences in Forms of Assisted Dying
Religious Concerns
Law and Public Policy
Oregon Death with Dignity Act
Dr. Kevorkian
Terri Schiavo
Futility Policies
Euthanasia in Practice
Physician Involvement in Euthanasia and PAS
American Healthcare System
Living Wills, Advance Directives, & Power of Attorney
Palliative Care
"Slippery Slope" Argument
Doctrine of Double Effect
Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
Infants & the Groningen Protocol
Special Groups
Notices for Euthanasia and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)

5/18/2015 - ProCon.org, America's Most Popular Resource for the Pros and Cons of Issues, Expands to Serve More than 6,000 Schools – 6,152 teachers, librarians, and administrators in all 50 states and 80 countries have used ProCon.org in their educational materials. We found 3,092 high schools (50.3%), 1,718 elementary and middle schools (27.9%), and 1,342 colleges and universities (21.8%) where educators referenced ProCon.org. The lesson plan ideas and teacher reactions to using ProCon.org are available in our Teachers' Corner. If you are an educator, please take our 2-minute survey and let us know how you use ProCon.org!

5/1/2015 - South African High Court Allows Assisted Suicide for Terminally Ill Man - On Apr. 30, 2015 the High Court in Pretoria granted Robin Stransham-Ford the right to have a doctor help him end his life. Physician-assisted suicide remains illegal in South Africa as the ruling applied only to Mr. Stransham-Ford.

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